Legality questioned of Birmingham City Council leadership

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - New questions have risen about the legality of the leadership on the Birmingham's City Council.
Acting Mayor Roderick Royal nominated Stephen Hoyt as Council President Pro Tem. Royal had just been elected council president which made him acting mayor. The question is: did Royal have a vote immediately after he was voted in?

Timing could play a part because the "Mayor/Council Act" states the acting mayor cannot vote or participate in council matters.

The council's lawyer says the vote was illegal.

Judge J. Richmond Pearson says he believes Royal did not have a vote.

Council members are expected to discuss the issue again at a later time.