The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine streets in Atlanta. (Jason Getz / AJC file photo / December 2011)

Homeless shelter and its legal battle keep going and going

For more than five years, a highly contentious legal battle has been raging over the Peachtree and Pine homeless shelter in Atlanta.

The building went into foreclosure in a fight stemming from the Metro Task Force for the Homeless’s inability to pay its bills.

This past Sunday, 505 people — 400 men and 105 women and children — spent the night at the shelter, no doubt thankful to be safe from the below-freezing temperatures outdoors.

Now both sides in the suits and countersuits say they’re grateful for a unanimous Georgia Supreme Court ruling Monday that a jury should decide whether the foreclosure sale of the task force’s building was illegal.

The court also said a jury should decide whether business leaders conspired to interfere with the task force’s donors to deprive the shelter of the funding it needed to stay afloat.

Who are the defendants? And how does Mayor Kasim Reed, who is NOT a defendant, fit into all this?

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