Hogan Trying to Order Purple Line Ruling

Gov. Larry Hogan has asked Attorney General Brian Frosh to file a writ of mandamus in the Purple Line lawsuit, which would force Judge Richard J. Leon to rule on the case.

State and county officials have been frustrated by the judge’s delay in ruling on the case. On Aug. 3, Leon vacated the “record of decision” of the Maryland Transit Administration, citing breakdowns and safety issues on Metro.

“The governor is aware of our legal strategy in this case,” said Raquel Coombs, a Frosh spokeswoman.

Leon is a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The writ would go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit.

On April 10, the state of Maryland filed a legal brief that requests the court issue a final decision no later than April 28 on all motions or vacate its Aug. 3 order.

Douglas Tallman

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Reporter with 35 years experience throughout Maryland. Reach me at dtallman@mymcmedia.org or via Twitter at @MCM-Doug

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