Attorneys prepare to file papers as election controversy continues

Thursday marked a quiet day in the Senate District 29 Election Controversy.

Federal Judge Bernice Donald won't decide the Senate District 29 election question until next week. Attorneys have until Friday to file their responses, which will mean late hours and a flurry of paper work.

Fourteen state senators, all defendants, sat in a jury box Wednesday because there were so many of them present. Senator Ophelia Ford and several voters, all plaintiffs, sat on the other side of the courtroom. All parties sat and listened for the entire day, as attorneys argued and a few witnesses testified.

Its not over yet. Attorneys have plans to pepper Judge Bernice Donald with lots of papers.

"Our next step is to file a brief," said Ford attorney Steve Mulroy, "responding to the defendants motion to dismiss our case."

John Ryder, attorney for the 17 senators who voted in full committee to unseat Ford, said he may have to file a response to Ford's brief.

"We'll take a look at what they file," Ryder said. "If they say something we think warrants a response, we may file something. A very short response."

Terry Roland, the Republican who challenged the election, is likely only a spectator for now, after being removed from the lawsuit by the judge who granted his attorney's motion.

Wiseman said he had hoped the case could have been resolved in a simpler way.