Henry says Judge Craig Schwall is hearing the Task Force's arguments that the city and Central Atlanta Progress conspired to boot the controversial nonprofit from the massive downtown building it recently lost to foreclosure.
While the purpose of today's hearing was to decide whether new building owner Manny Fialkow should be allowed to evict the task force, Henry says the judge has focused nearly all his questions on Fialkow's role in the alleged conspiracy to oust the nonprofit.
"There's a difference of opinion about whether the people being served [by the Metro Task Force for the Homeless] are being served in a positive way," Schwall said. "It's not for me to figure that out."
Schwall had some questions regarding Fialkow and his relationship to CAP, Henry says. Among them: Why was Ichthus, Fialkow's company and current owner of the building, formed? (Fialkow's attorneys admitted it was formed to buy the property.) Why did fast food magnate and philanthropist Dan Cathey suddenly withdraw financial support for the Task Force? The judge also said that it looked to him as if CAP got Fialkow to buy the building so they could get rid of the Task Force.
"I don't see how that's not tortious interference with contractual relationships," said Schwall, which is what the Task Force has been claiming.
At that point, Henry says, Fialkow's attorneys said "let's dial this back." They preferred to argue whether the Task Force had any right to remain in the building.
But the judge wanted to maintain the status quo, at least for know, and told both sides to go into a jury room and work with a mediator to determine how the Task Force can stay in the building while paying a reasonable rent while Schwall considers the case.
Schwall appointed a intermediary — he selected the Rev. Darrell D. Elligan, pastor of True Light Baptist Church and former president of the Concerned Black Clergy — to determine if the Task Force is providing useful social services. In the past, the Concerned Black Clergy has been an ally of the Task Force — another former CBC president, the Rev. Timothy McDonald spoke at the shelter's recent rally.
In other words, all the breaks today were in the Task Force's favor. Stay tuned…
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