County, Suburbs Spar in School Referendum Briefs

Trial briefs were filed this week by parties battling the legal validity of referendums in which six Memphis suburban communities voted to create their own school systems. Both sides reminded U.S. District Judge Samuel "Hardy" Mays of comments he already has made. The Shelby County Commission, which is challenging the referendum and its results, used the argument that Mays already has said he "would not hesitate to invalidate any votes" if he found the referendums were unconstitutional. The six suburban municipalities repeatedly cite a 2011 ruling by Mays that the law authorizing the referendums could pass constitutional muster. They say this new suit should be thrown out. Read more about the arguments on each side in the Commercial Appeal.