School Finance Litigation -- Final Day

Yesterday was the final day of litigation.  Judge Dietz told the attorneys and audience present that the court had taken more than 240 hours of testimony.  Noting that every hour in court takes 8 to 10 hours of preparation (and potentially more in this case given its many parties and complex issues), he said that this was a very expeditious trial.  Attorneys for the state and each of the six litigant groups had the opportunity to provide closing arguments, and Judge Dietz followed up with an oral ruling indicating that the system is unconstitutional because it is quantitatively inefficient (lacks equity), is unsuitable and inadequate, and is a de facto state property tax.  
Share This Post
Posted By : Jeanne "Nina" Conway ~ 2/5/2013 9:00 AM
Related Categories: MCA Updates, Litigation