Citizen-Times: No action yet as judge considers Asheville water lawsuit

From the Asheville Citizen-Times

The judge handling Asheville’s lawsuit seeking to block the loss of its water system focused on whether the law mandating the transfer is unconstitutional local legislation during arguments on procedural issues Friday.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. heard from attorneys in the case for more than two hours in Raleigh. He issued no rulings Friday.

Two people who were present said it seems unlikely that Manning would dismiss the city’s case at this point, although both conceded that predicting a decision based on a judge’s demeanor during oral arguments is not an exact science.

At issue Friday [Sept. 6] was whether Manning will grant a preliminary injunction to prevent the transfer while the city’s lawsuit works its way through the court system and whether he would grant a motion by the state to dismiss the city’s complaint.

Manning has given himself an Oct. 14 deadline to rule on those questions. …

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

0 thoughts on “Citizen-Times: No action yet as judge considers Asheville water lawsuit

  1. bsummers

    It’s disappointing that no local media covered this hearing. It was fascinating, especially when the Judge made an overt comparison between what is happening to Asheville, and the lead-up to the war in Iraq. It’s too bad that only a handful of people will have heard about that.

    At least AC-T went to the trouble to do a story letting people know that the hearing had occurred…

  2. sharpleycladd

    The silence from Xpress has been deafening. Who were Tim Moffitt’s clients before he ran for public office? He self-funds his campaigns, whaddupwiddat?

    Barry Summers does better investigative reporting in his spare time.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.