Here is what happened tonight, according to a Council member:
"Basically, after the hearing, the Jud Board began deliberations and took a straw poll of the four voting reps. 3 found in favor of Ruby/ the defense, and 1 was undecided. After about three hours of deliberation, they found something else to look to--the issue of whether there should have been an abstention option on the referendum ballot (there wasn't, but the issue of abstention came up during the hearing and ultimately decided this case). The Jud Board ruled against the VSA, declaring the referendum null based on this omission.
VSA Exec feels that the issue of abstention had not come up during the hearing, and that since no evidence or argumentation had been presented, the grounds for the decision were unfair and unrelated to the question at hand. Exec has filed an appeal on these grounds, and a hearing is scheduled for tomorrow (time unknown). Filing for Spring elections will be postponed for another 24 hours and will begin Wednesday morning."