Two of three N.C. Court of Appeals judges hearing today's Open Meetings lawsuit against the Wake County school system have a history with the district.
Judge Robert Hunter was the attorney who represented Wake CARES in the lawsuit against the Wake school system over mandatory year-round schools.
Judge Cressie Thigpen was the co-chairman of a committee appointed by the school board and county commissioners that in 2003 recommended increased school funding. It developed a funding formula that was never really used by commissioners.
The start of the court hearing is being delayed until 10:30 a.m.
The other case on the docket before the Wake school appeal has been cancelled. But with a large crowd expected for the Wake schools case, the judges are holding off from starting at 9:30 a.m. to let more people arrive.
There was a last-minute change in the panel hearing the case.
Cressie Thigpen and Robert N. Hunter are not hearing the case. In their places are Robert C. Hunter and Sam Ervin IV. Thigpen and Hunter recused themselves.