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Testimony complete in trial

Testimony complete in trial
The Messenger 10.01.07

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Testimony has ended in a trial alleging violations of the state Open Meetings Act by the Knox County Commission.
Jurors have been sent home, but will return this week to hear closing arguments and start deliberations.
The lawsuit was filed by the editor of The Knoxville News Sentinel and nine citizens.
They alleged that the commission violated the “sunshine law” when it filled term-limited seats and four other officeholders in January. It’s illegal in Tennessee and most other states for members of a county commission or city council to meet in private to discuss public matters, except in limited circumstances.
Attorneys will return to court before closing arguments to decide jury instructions and the interpretation of the open meetings law.

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