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Chevy Chase Council denies $50k grant to fund anti-Purple Line lawsuit

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Chevy Chase Town logoCHEVY CHASE — The Town of Chevy Chase Council voted 4-1 to deny a grant proposal from The Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail (FCCT) and two Chevy Chase residents to help fund their legal effort to thwart further construction of the Purple Line.

The FCCT, John Fitzgerald, and Christine Real de Azua requested that the town to donate $50,000 to help defray growing legal costs from their ongoing federal lawsuits to try to stop the light-rail project, according to a proposal sent to the council last month.

“The entire town will benefit from a lawsuit that can get the truth out there,” said Jim Roy, Vice President of the FCCT.  “We have tried other measures like letters, but nothing has been as successful as the lawsuit.”

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CASA sues Trump administration over DACA repeal

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The immigrant advocacy organization CASA de Maryland along with eight other groups and more than a dozen individuals announced on the afternoon of Oct. 5 they are suing the federal government over the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has given work status to undocumented immigrants who came to the Unitized States as minors, known as "dreamers."

Named in the lawsuit are President Donald Trump, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and four government agencies — U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection — and their department heads.

A legal team that includes Arnold & Porter LLP, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and the Civil Rights Clinic of the Howard University School of Law is joining them in the legal action.

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ACLU Sues Hogan

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Blocking people on Facebook comes back to haunt governor and county takes notice

 

ROCKVILLE – Members of the Montgomery County Council say they’re taking notice after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against Gov. Larry Hogan.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges that Hogan’s staff members deleted comments and blocked constituents from viewing his Facebook page.

“The highest purpose of the First Amendment is to protect the right of Americans to engage in political speech and to petition the government to address their concerns," said Deborah Jeon, legal director for the ACLU of Maryland in a statement.

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"...To Curry Favor.."

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Maryland and D.C. file suit against Trump claiming emoluments clause violation

Brian FroshMd. Attorney General Brian Frosh. PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEY WASHINGTON D.C. – Attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia announced Monday that they are suing President Donald J, Trump for violating one of the U.S. Constitutions antcorruption clauses.

At a press conference Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine filed a lawsuit against the president, citing his real estate properties – including the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. – and alleged business deals between foreign governments at the Trump Organization as evidence the president violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.

The Emoluments Clause is a portion of the Constitution the states the president cannot receive a title of nobility from a foreign government or a salary other than the one Congress pays the president.

“I can tell as I look that as I look out the window and see the tower of the Trump International Hotel, we know exactly what’s going on every single day,” Racine said. “We know that foreign governments are spending money there in order to curry favor with the President of the United States.”

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County settles on Silver Spring Transit Center

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County Executive Ike Leggett praised a $25 million settlement between the County and developers of the Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center last week.

Months after the County sued the transit center’s contractor Foulger-Pratt, its designer Parsons Brinckerhoff and the construction inspector Robert Balter, they settled May 30. The County claimed the developers and designers of the Silver Spring Transit Center were negligent and breached the contractor when they designed, built and inspected the transit center, but settled before the matter was decided by a jury.

"I am pleased that the County has settled the lawsuit we brought to recover taxpayer costs associated with the repair and remediation of the Silver Spring Transit Center,” Leggett said in statement after the settlement. “This is very much in the public interest. The $25 million payment to the County will cover 90 percent of the hard costs we incurred to deliver a safe and durable Silver Spring Transit Center.”

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Gaithersburg residents vow to continue suit

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GAITHERSBURG – The plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Gaithersburg city government has pledged to modify and refile his suit after being dealt a legal setback last week.

Aaron Rosenzweig, a Gaithersburg resident who has testified several times before Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council and founded the website teamgaithersburg.org with the goal of increasing civic involvement, filed suit on Feb. 1 against Gaithersburg with regard to a vote taken by the Council on Dec. 19. On that date, the council passed two resolutions authorizing the annexation of the Johnson Property, an area near the intersection of Darnestown Road and Quince Orchard Boulevard and authorizing City Manager Tony Tomasello to execute an agreement to develop the property for mixed-zone commercial and residential development. Because of the absence or recusal of most of the five-member council, Council Vice President Neil Harris and Council member Michael Sesma passed both resolutions with a 2-0 vote.

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Court date set in Gaithersburg annexation lawsuit

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Gaithersburg Govt logoGAITHERSBURG – A lawsuit concerning a controversial annexation will have its day in court. On December 19 last year, Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council took up two resolutions concerning the annexation of the Johnson Property, an area near the intersection of Darnestown Road and Quince Orchard Boulevard and authorizing City manager Tony Tomasello to execute an agreement to develop the property for mixed-zone commercial and residential use.

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Gaithersburg moves to dismiss lawsuit

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GAITHERSBURG – The City of Gaithersburg has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a resident who believes a vote to annex land into the city was carried out illegally.

On Dec. 19 of last year, Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council took up resolutions approving the annexation of the Johnson Property, an area of land near the intersection of Darnestown Road and Quince Orchard Boulevard, authorizing City Manager Tony Tomasello to execute an agreement to develop the area, which has been slated for mixed-zone commercial and residential use.

The council at the time was operating at reduced capacity following the death of longtime Council member Henry F. Marraffa two months prior. The Council appointed Yvette D. Monroe to serve the balance of Marraffa’s term earlier this year. Council member Ryan Spiegel, who was suffering from strep throat, was also absent from the meeting. Moreover, Spiegel had indicated that he would recuse himself from the vote after learning that his employer, the Bethesda law firm Paley Rothman, had a business relationship with one of the prospective property developers.

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