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Councilwoman Hamilton issues statement on Kentucky Court of Appeals decision in wet/dry vote

Thursday February 7, 2008

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

On Thursday, February 7th, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that the issues raised by the plaintiffs who filed lawsuits in the special wet/dry election on September 11th, 2007 are moot.

The Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal pertaining to the temporary injunction. Therefore, the emergency stay is no longer in effect and enforcement of the law prohibiting the sale of alcohol can begin immediately.

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5 and others involved with the effort have released the following statements:

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton:

“I am very pleased with the decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals to dismiss the appeal pertaining to the temporary injunction. This is welcome news to all the voters of precincts N104, N 105, N 107 and N 109 who voted to stop the sale of alcohol in these Shawnee neighborhoods. We asked everyone to be patient as this effort moved through the legal system. Today’s decision again validates the election. Now, we are ready to move forward in the community.”

Rev. Geoffrey Ellis, Greater St. James AME Church:

“We believe that the court has respected our vote and has protected our vote with this decision. We believe the people’s voice has now been heard loud and clear. The community has spoken and said now we can begin to further develop our community along the positive lines of economic development. The day is over when the influence of alcohol can be prevalent in precincts N104, 105 107 and 109. We intend to now continue to monitor the activities that would cause negative light shown on our community and we believe that God has given us the victory that we always knew was ours.”

Rev. Derek Wilson, Spirit of Love Center

“We applaud the effort of the whole community that stood up to say that we want change and we are convinced this is the beginning of massive changes in the way our community has been perceived and recorded “

Councilwoman Hamilton has announced there will be a Victory rally in support of this decision at 3:00pm on Sunday, February 10th at the Spirit of Love Center, 4107 West Market Street.

Sponsor:
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5