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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
City of Houston
News Release
Saturday, July 09, 2011

Statement Regarding New Red Light Camera Court Ruling

The following statement has been released in response to the latest red-light camera case ruling: "It appears Judge Hughes is attempting to fast-track final disposition of this case in his court so that the City will be able to appeal as a matter of right."

Federal District Judge Lynn Hughes late today issued an order denying the City's request for permission to appeal his ruling invalidating last fall's vote on red-light cameras.  A pre-trial conference to discuss disposition of remaining issues in the case is set for July 19 in Judge Hughes' court.  Final disposition of any remaining issues at the district court level would clear the way for the City to proceed with an appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals as a matter of right, meaning without needing Judge Hughes' permission.  This exactly what the City is seeking.




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