On Friday afternoon, District Judge Mark Kozicek took under advisement motions filed by the defense and the plaintiffs in the Preserve The Sandhills lawsuit against Cherry County. Omaha Attorney Jason Bruno for Preserve The Sandhills and Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott, representing Cherry County, presented arguments. Eric Scott had filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit and Bruno filed a motion to overrule the objection. Judge Kozicek took arguments under advisement. There was no date set for a ruling. The matter will proceed to hearing on defendants motion for additional time to respond to discovery.

Preserve The Sandhills is suing Cherry County, the commissioners and most recently added Attorney General Doug Peterson to challenge Nebraska conflict of interest statutes.