City in Court
It's been brewing for years. Today the battle between the City of Alachua and Charles Grapski heated up in court. But after the judge's ruling, the controversy just got hotter.
"Get out of my face."
That's what Alachua City Attorney Robert Rush yelled at Grapski in the courtroom just after the proceedings. Grapski whispered something to Rush that appeared to set him off.
Controversy covered the qualifying process a few weeks ago after city officials said incomplete paperwork disqualified Grapski and two other candidates.
Today the judge said the candidates original paperwork did qualify. He said that also means Grapski can not run in another seat. Grapski was trying to run against the now-unopposed Mayor Jean Calderwood.
Both sides claim victory.
" The City can't kick him out of City Hall anymore like they try to do," said Grapski's Attorney Gary Edinger. "Judge Roundtree basically made them go home with their tail between their legs."
"It only validates we did the right thing by having an emergency meeting," said Alachua City Manager Clovis Watson Jr.
Months ago city officials banned Grapski from city hall for what they called inappropriate behavior there. Today the judge was prepared to rule on that but now the city says he was actually only banned for one day.
By: Anne Imanuel, WCJB TV20 News
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