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Gov. Hogan asks for legal remedy in stalled Purple Line case

May 12th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

WTOP reports Gov. Larry Hogan is urging Maryland’s attorney general to take the next step in pushing a federal judge to issue a decision in the court case that has stalled the Purple Line. In a letter released to reporters by the Hogan administration late Thursday, the governor asked Attorney General Brian Frosh “to immediately proceed” with a new legal strategy: petitioning a higher court (the U.S. Court of Appeals, in this case) for a writ of mandamus.


The move is designed to compel U.S. District Judge Richard Leon to make a ruling in the Purple Line case.


The writ would not indicate which way Leon should rule. In strict legal terms, it simply orders the lower court to do its duty: issue a ruling in the Purple Line suit.


The 16-mile light rail project has been stalled ever since Leon questioned the viability of the Purple Line in August. Since then, the Maryland attorney general had urged the judge to rule by the end of April.

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