Case marks third time a court may rule on controversial sale of county's public TV station. The battle over KOCE-TV, Orange County's only public broadcasting station, will continue in 10 days as the case returns to the courtroom.
On Nov. 22, the California Fourth District Court of Appeals, Division Three, in Santa Ana will hear the cases of the Coast Community College District, the KOCE-TV Foundation and the Daystar Television Network, the three parties involved in a fight about the station. Two years ago, the district sold KOCE to the foundation to help pay for educational expenses, and Daystar filed a lawsuit shortly thereafter, claiming it had been slighted in the bidding process.
One trial court decision, one appellate court decision and many long nights later, the parties will begin the next round of the dispute this month. In a case that has confounded even a number of legal experts, the district and foundation are petitioning to maintain the current ownership of KOCE, while Daystar demands that the court award it control of the station.