Judge Denies City of Houston’s Appeal Over Red-Light Cameras

Late Friday, federal Judge Lynn Hughes set a July 19 court hearing after denying a city of Houston request to appeal his ruling regarding red-light cameras.

For now that means Mayor Parker’s plan to reactivate the red light cameras will stay on schedule while the legal issues are hashed out in court.

The city of Houston issued this statement in reaction: “It appears the court’s attempting to fast-track final disposition of the case so that the city would be able to appeal as a matter of right.”

In June, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes  ruled last November’s election on red-light cameras violated the City Charter and should not have been placed on the ballot.   He made that decision based on a charter provision that mandates any challenge of a city ordinance by referendum must occur within 30 days of passage of the ordinance. City Council adopted an ordinance initiating the use of red-light cameras in 2004. Opponents did not mount their ballot challenge until 2010.

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