Near 100% of court challenges are in local courts and are arbitrated or decisions are not appealed. That makes it difficult to get transcripts. Some of the items that I am sent are absolutely hilarious. This is a bit of one sent to me by a court intern. I will paraphrase parts of a discourse between a judge (Alabama) and an AHJ during a hearing several years ago. The case was a challenge by an EC from Nashville, TN to rulings by the AHJ. AHJ: The code adopted by the county requires a certain standard of installation in the county. Judge: This code that you refer to was written by county employees? AHJ: No sir. It was written by a group that is sponsored by insurance companies and adopted by the county. Judge: Is this insurance company group located in Montgomery? AHJ: I believe that it is located in Boston, MA. Judge: Please explain to the court how a group in Boston has unique knowledge of the requirements of _____________ county? (County deleted to protect intern.) AHJ: They work up a set of standards and it is adopted nearly everywhere in the country. Judge: Mr. _____, are you telling the court that the requirements for New York City and ___________________ county are the same? AHJ: The insurance group believes that is true. Judge: Did any members of this group contact our county officials? AHJ: I don’t believe so your honor. Just typical! Rowdy
Of course, when your population came from down south long ago, it's not much different...Had an alderman tell one of our guys that "OSHA is federal...their power doesn't apply here, because we're a home rule community..."