(WMC-TV) - As suburbs move forward with plans to start their own school systems, taxpayers' dollars are going toward a court battle where Shelby County is trying to block the creation of the districts.
The judge gave both sides until Friday to make their case whether or not the lawsuit is moot. Suburban mayors said the lawsuit has no baring now that the legislature lifted the municipal schools ban, but their opposition begs to differ.
Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy, a constitutional law professor, says it appears the judge filed the 145-page order to clear the deck.
"Some of the claims might be able to be disposed of because they're moot and that would narrow the issues in the case," he said.
Mulroy says the new law that lifted the ban on municipal schools might affect part of the case.