Texas judge can stay on school-finance case

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

State District Judge John Dietz will continue to preside over the long-running case that is challenging the way Texas finances its public schools, a visiting judge ruled late Monday.

Facing a likely legal defeat, Attorney General Greg Abbott pushed to remove Dietz from the case, arguing that recently revealed emails show the judge was biased in favor of plaintiffs lawyers who are seeking to have the state’s school-finance system declared unconstitutional.

Visiting Judge David Peeples disagreed, avoiding a potentially years-long delay in a case that has already run for 2½ years.

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