It's more than a little hard to understand what Rubin is up to here. A ruling on the merits of the
On Monday, Rubin ordered the authority— which governs LUS and is made up of the five city-parish councilmen who represent mostly city districts — to decide the plaintiff’s complaint within 21 days.
Rubin said he will take up the matter again once the authority has decided.
It's hard not to wonder if this is one of those cases where the judge has overstepped his bounds in order to realize his personal vision of what the case should be rather than decide the case set before him. What's Lafayette's real alternative to doing as he asks? To appeal? That would delay things even more. And it would offend the judge who still has standing to hear the case. Being the one who decides what a law means gives a judge power beyond applying the law to the decision at hand. But applying the law to the case at hand is all that is supposed to be happening.