Cantrell asked about the legality of any cases heard by Patterson should a new election be eventually ordered. Fickling said Patterson would be taking the bench under the law and the pleas he heard and decisions he rendered would remain valid.
Fickling said, "This is an attempt to thwart the will of the people."
Zraleck responded to the arguments and concluded saying, "There is no clear will of the people in this seven-county election."
"I don't know Mr. Patterson's plans," Cantrell said, "It seems he plans to take office Sept. 1. I don't know if that is a good idea, but I am not persuaded the plaintiff will be irreparably harmed."
When asked if Patterson would take office Friday, Fickling responded, "There is no reason for him not to. He won the election."
Trial for the case was set for Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. in Putnam County.