You wouldn't know it from reading the headline to this story about Metro CEO Frank Wilson, but that lawsuit filed by anti-rail activist Daphne Scarbrough to block construction of the Universities line on Richmond has been dismissed.
On Thursday, State District Judge Levi Benton ruled in favor of Metro, which argued that plaintiff Daphne Scarbrough, a Richmond resident and merchant, lacked legal standing to sue the agency.
Scarbrough's attorney Andy Taylor said he will appeal, but expects that may take months or years to resolve. If Metro begins construction on Richmond before then, he will seek an injunction to block it.
Beyond that, assuming someone is still picking up the tab for Andy Taylor's services, I do fuilly expect there will be an appeal and an attempt at an injunction circa mid-2009. Without seeing the decision and getting a feel for the matter of standing, which was the reason for the dismissal, I can't say how much better their chances will be at that time. But certainly they will have the potential to slow things down. I hope that doesn't happen, but I'm not counting on it.Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 22, 2008 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles