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Ga. Supreme Court rules against Monroe Co. in border dispute

A Fulton County judge was wrong when she set a new Bibb-Monroe county line last year, the state's Supreme Court ruled today.

The court's decision also says the judge was wrong by not giving Bibb County officials a chance to argue the border case.

Today's ruling is just the latest twist in a century-old border battle between the two counties.

Last year the judge 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.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Lee issued her ruling in January 2013.

Both Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Bibb County appealed, and lawyers in the case argued the ruling last September before the state Supreme Court.

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

And Bibb County lawyers argued 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.

Today's decision sends the case back to Judge Lee for further action.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on this story today.


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