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Controversial homeless shelter wins court ruling

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Metro Task Force for the Homeless to continue its legal fight to take back possession of its Midtown shelter.

In a unanimous decision, the state high court allowed

the Task Force the right to have a jury decide whether the foreclosure sale of its shelter at the corner of Peachtree and Pine streets was illegal.

The Supreme Court also is allowing a jury to decide whether business leaders conspired to interfere with the Task Force's relationships with its donors and the city of Atlanta to deprive the shelter the public funding it needed to stay afloat.

A number of people and organizations have long tried to get the Task Force evicted from its building, claiming the shelter is merely "warehousing" homeless people.

The case now returns to Fulton County Superior Court for a trial on the issues the state Supreme Court allowed to be heard by a jury.

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