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Nutter Says City is Reviewing Legal Options on LIbrary Ruling

Mayor Nutter doesn't seem too happy about Judge Idee Fox's ruling that the city cannot close 11 library branches as of 5 p.m. tomorrow without getting City Council approval.

Nutter Says City is Reviewing Legal Options on LIbrary Ruling

Mayor Nutter doesn't seem too happy about Judge Idee Fox's ruling that the city cannot close 11 library branches as of 5 p.m. tomorrow without getting City Council approval.

Nutter called the ruling -- which references a section of the Philadelphia Code that states city buildings cannot be closed without Council approval -- a "complete violation of the fundamental tenants of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter."

"The law department is reviewing exactly what the judge said and what we'll do," Nutter said, adding that he expects to appeal.

When asked if he would keep the libraries open, Nutter was vague. "I'll consult with the law department and see what our options are," he said.

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