A Texas court of appeals has issued another stay in the cause of the Sugar Land 95.
The appelate court issued a stay to block the appointment of a guardian ad litem for the remains of the 95 African-American prisoners, which the district agreed to after FBISD said that it would plan for reinterment for the prisoners.
“We don’t understand why the lower court issued an order appointing a guardian ad litem after the lawsuit was dismissed,” FBISD board president Jason Burdine said.
“This is the second time the judge has tried to appoint lawyers in this case with the expectation that the district would pay their legal fees, and twice the court of appeals has stepped in to protect the district by suspending the legal effect of the orders.”
FBISD and Fort Bend County are still in negotiations for the county to own and operate a park and cemetery where the remains were discovered in early 2018.
The remains were discovered during construction of FBISD’s James Reese Career and Technical Center.
Judge James Shoemake issued an order appointing a lawyer to serve as a guardian ad litem for the remains.
On Monday evening, the court of appeals issued an order staying the appointment.
FBISD’s plans for reinterment are ongoing.
District officials are in the process of procuring burial vessels and internment services.
It is also in the process of transferring DNA samples to the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.
This would allow future DNA testing that may help determine the identities of the Sugar Land 95 and their possible descendants.