I never intended to take on Terminus. Actually, at the time I was trying to build relationships with newly elected Council Members and to strengthen relationships with incumbent Members. So much for that!
All I wanted to know was how everyone voted!
So, at that point I had already threatened to file a lawsuit. Unfortunately, I was not successful in finding an attorney willing to take on my case on contingency. So, I had to sue without one. Of course, if you threaten to sue and don’t do it, then your threat has no value in the future. So I had to sue pro se.
The City filed a Motion to Dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted.
I filed a reply to their Motion to Dismiss.
So in October 2010, I appealed to the Court of Appeals of Georgia. An attorney who was giving me advice up until that point warned me not to appeal, said I would set bad case law, said that my chances of prevailing were slim, and asked whether I wanted to spend two to three years on this.
Unfortunately, the Court of Appeals ruled against me in February 2011. This time, even the Georgia First Amendment Foundation advised me against wasting my time on appealing.But I filed a Petition for Certiorari to the Supreme Court of Georgia in March 2011, which they granted--a rare accomplishment in itself-- in July 2011. I made oral arguments before the Supreme Court in October 2011, which are available online here
I filed a Supplemental Brief in November 2011. Then, in February 2012, the Supreme Court ruled in my favor, that the names of those voting against or abstaining do have to be listed in the case of a non-roll call vote
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Does this sound familiar-trying to find out what your Gov. at any level is doing, is like a child throwing a tantrum, and stalling, and dragging them fighting , to the woodshed before some kind of compliance?