Tuesday, October 6, 2009

'Water wars' judge: Georgia, enough with the appeals

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 3:48 PM

The federal judge that recently ruled against Georgia in the decades-long tri-state "water war" basically told the state on Monday that he wasn't pleased with the state's legal manuever.

From the AJC:

In a three-page order, Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson frowned upon the Georgia parties’ appeals to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

He said an appeal “will only delay and further complicate the resolution of the important claims at issue.” [...]

“The court stayed the matter for three years, to allow the parties and the political system to attempt to reach a solution to this inherently political problem,” Maguson wrote Monday. Magnuson said he “fully anticipates” the parties will resolve their differences before the deadline.

But Magnuson also noted that “keeping with the gamesmanship evidenced throughout this litigation,” the Georgia parties never abandon their legal claims.

Since Magnuson's July ruling, Gov. Sonny Perdue has said the state will continue the legal fight, consider building more reservoirs, and — after some huffing and puffinglook at conservation measures. The state's finding out those first two solutions are more tricky now that Georgia's behind the eight ball in this little dispute.

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