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Finding judge to hear Henri Brooks' case could be challenging

Henri Brooks (Source: WMC Action News 5) Henri Brooks (Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - Her term will only last about two more months and embattled Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks is suing for every last second of it. But first, she must wait until at least Tuesday when she will have her day in court.

Shelby County Commission voted to begin the process of filling Brooks' vacant seat because the county's attorney says she does not live in the district in which she was elected to represent.

Brooks argues that she does live in her district and that her seat is not vacant. She is suing the commission to stop the action.

"Ultimately, and we've said it all along, all Commissioner Brooks wants is process," said her attorney, Andre Wharton. "We're asking the court to step in and say, 'Hey, look, slow this down. Let's handle this the right way.'"

Chancellor Walter Evans says there may not be a local judge who will hear a case involving another elected official. If that is the case, the Tennessee Supreme Court will have to appoint one quickly.

"There is a real issue of recusal by any and all of the judges that need to be considered by both sides," said Evans.

"We think this court case will move forward and we'll have some hearing as to injunctive relief before the commission meets again in the afternoon of July 7," said Mike Working, one of Brooks' attorneys.

Brooks' case goes to court Tuesday at 10 a.m. to be considered in front of a different judge.

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