2008-10-04

Noise ordinance to be tested at Supreme Court

The challenge to Athens-Clarke County's noise ordinance by Athens residents William Hoffman and Robert Manlove is going to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Their lawsuit in Athens-Clarke County Superior Court was dismissed by Judge David Sweat in July, though other matters related to the litigation are still being heard by the court. Their attorney Charles A. "Chuck" Jones Jr. filed a notice of appeal, and the Supreme Court entered the case on their docket on Sept. 25 with case number S09A0118. Jones asserts that the noise ordinance is unconstitutional under state law. His brief will be due on Oct. 15, and the county's brief is due 20 days after that filing. Jones is requesting an oral argument for January.

For more information see this July 18 article from the Athens Banner-Herald.

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