Alabama Supreme Court Sides with Montgomery Co. School Board in Lawsuit
A divided Alabama Supreme Court is siding with the Montgomery County school board in a lawsuit filed by a former interim superintendent who claimed members violated Alabama's open meetings law.
Clay Slagle sued after he wasn't hired on a permanent basis in 2009. A lower court rejected his claims that board members skirted the law by meeting in small groups rather than as a full board.
The justices agreed with that ruling in a decision Friday. But the nine justices issued a main opinion plus four others either agreeing or dissenting.
The majority agrees with the board's claims that members were within the open meetings law when they met back-to-back in small groups. Those meetings weren't open to the public.
Slagle contends the meetings were illegal.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)