A federal appeals court is inviting those involved in lawsuits challenging immigration laws in Georgia and Alabama to submit briefs on the effects of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta says lawyers have until July 6 to offer their interpretation of how Monday's immigration ruling affects the Georgia and Alabama cases.
The state of Georgia and the Atlanta Regional Commission have spent about $18.7 million in outside legal fees during two decades of legal battles involving Florida and Alabama over access to drinking water. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the tab is viewed by the state and local communities as critical to protecting metro Atlanta's economy.
Alabama has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling that supported metro Atlanta's right to take water from a disputed reservoir that serves as the main water source for roughly 3 million people. Attorneys for Alabama asked the high court to resolve the long-running feud over water usage between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Florida officials expect to file a similar request shortly.
Georgia and Alabama are asking a federal appeals court to delay a scheduled hearing on court orders blocking parts of their state laws cracking down on illegal immigration. The attorneys general of the two states said Thursday they want to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court decision on a similar challenge to Arizona's tough law targeting illegal immigration.
Civil rights leader the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, who was hailed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for his courage and energy, has died. He was 89. The former truck driver studied religion at night and became pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1953. Soon after he became an outspoken leader in the fight for racial equality.
Alabama is asking the US Supreme Court to take up the decades-long tri-state water dispute after a federal court in Atlanta decided not to rehear the case. The 11th District Court of Appeals gave Georgia a favorable ruling earlier this summer, saying Atlanta could tap it for its drinking water needs. Alabama and Florida filed for a rehearing and were denied.
Florida and Alabama want to take Georgia back to court in the decades-long water dispute over Lake Lanier. They want a federal court to rehear their case, after it ruled in Georgia’s favor earlier this summer.