Decision will have to wait

Published 11:53pm Tuesday, February 14, 2012

With all things considered, Seale said he feels there is no reason to believe the school board broke any laws in this case.

“I think that the board proved without question there was no violation of the Open Meetings Act,” he said. “Mr. Davis will file his brief. He’ll file his offer of proof and that offer of proof will be there was a violation of the Open Meetings Act.”

The burden of proof will now fall on Davis to show that Obomanu, Chestnut and board member Holland Powell participated in an illegal meeting and that Obomanu did not have the authority to sign the letter of termination.

“Until he really clarifies the issues we are not sure,” he said. “With regard to the Open Meetings Act there is clearly no violation.”

Until Davis submits his brief, Campbell said it’s hard to get a feel for which way the case could go.

“We’ll have to see what they say in the brief, but right now we’re not sure we know what he put in his complaint,” she said.

The most debated topic of the day, besides the letter, hinged on the way the Oct. 25 meeting was handled.

The special called meeting, which began at 5:30 p.m., was adjourned shortly after it began by Hicks, who left the building before the 6 p.m. meeting began.

Davis said Obomanu had no authority to step in and conduct the 6 p.m. meeting.

The case, Davis said, seems cut and dry to him.

“When a meeting is adjourned, a meeting is adjourned,” he said.

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  • D-man

    it would be very depressing not to believe in the silent majority. hope is all we have. we will see if hope is dead or still alive in selma in the next mayoral election.

  • mo-of-thesame

    What is completely amazing is that this charlatan of an attorney and his moronic minion Henry Hicks continue to prove that the meeting was held within the rules.

    The facts are Mr. Hicks read his prepared statement and adjourned the meeting that started at 5:30pm. He and Dr Udo then walked out of what was perhaps the most important meeting of his tenure on the board. Leaving a quorum, the Voice Chair brought the schedule 6:00pm meeting to order.

    Mr. Hicks could have stayed and done his job. He would have presided over the meeting and could have been in control. His handlers gave him poor advice just as they continue to do today. Sad that these people who say they put the children first are simply trying to line their pockets with the children’s money.

    The reasonable citizens of Selma can make their voice heard in August when we send this entire crew a message that Selma no longer needs the racist greed of they continue to expound. Perhaps this final loss will send them the way of Kobe Little and they will simply leave town rather than running in every election only to lose.

    I have faith in the silent majority. Keep hope alive

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