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Mount Holly Delays Vote On Housing Case Settlement

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town is delaying a vote on a settlement in a housing discrimination case that’s being prepared for arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Mount Holly Township Council changed course Wednesday afternoon and announced it wouldn’t vote later in the day on a legal settlement with residents of the Mount Holly Garden neighborhood.

Residents sued over a redevelopment plan that they claim would force them out of the neighborhood. They say it amounts to discrimination because most people affected are minorities.

In a statement, township solicitor George Saponaro says the sides are still trying to “finalize procedural aspects” of the case.

If it’s not settled before then, the nation’s highest court is scheduled to hear arguments Dec. 4.

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