Superior Court Judge G. Wayne Abernathy said today he hopes to render a decision in the 751 lawsuit "by the end of next week."
Abernathy said he needed time to study the cases attorneys had cited in their arguments over a motion for summary judgment filed by attorneys for Durham County and Southern Durham Development Inc. A group of southern-Durham property owners brought the suit against the county in 2010 over a ruling that invalidated their petition opposing Southern Durham's town-sized 751 South project.
The plaintiffs' attorneys oppose the summary-judgment motion, by which the defendants acknowledge that they do not contest facts and request it be decideed as a matter of law.
Before adjourning this morning, Abernathy quoted a legal proverb: "Bad facts make bad cases."
"This case is replete with bad facts," he said. "I'd better leave it at that."