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Bibb-Monroe Border Ruling Will Take Months

The state's Supreme Court is expected to take several months to decide on two lawsuits involving the Bibb-Monroe county line.

The state's highest court heard more than an hour of arguments Tuesday morning. The long-running dispute involves lawyers for the two counties and for the Georgia secretary of state's office.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has challenged a Fulton County judge who earlier this year ordered the border moved several hundred yards into Bibb County.

That would have moved dozens of homes and millions of dollars in property into Monroe County.

Kemp's lawyers today argued that the Fulton judge did not have authority to make that ruling.

And Bibb County lawyers argue that they should have been notified of the Fulton County hearing and allowed to make their case against that ruling. Bibb County attorney Virgil Adams told the judge that he "wasn't invited to the party."

Monroe County attorneys said the Fulton judge had the authority to act on the border dispute because Kemp failed to act.

The Georgia Supreme Court is expected to make its ruling on the two appeals late this year or early in 2014.


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