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NBCSports.com: Charlotte stadium deal results in lawsuit

From NBCSports.com (4/2/13): In January, Charlotte City Council agreed in a closed session to support a tax increase that would pay for renovations at Bank of America Stadium.

On Tuesday, a lawyer filed suit on behalf of four local journalists, who claim that the agreement violates North Carolina’s open meetings law.

Attorney Paul Whitfield has requested on behalf of his clients that the city be cited for contempt of court and fined at least $1.4 million, according to Gary L. Wright and Steve Lyttle of the Charlotte Observer.  Whitfield’s filing explains that, nearly 40 years ago, a judge ordered City Council and other local public bodies to conduct such negotiations through open meetings, not closed sessions.

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Colin Donohue,
4/3/2013 9:00 AM