The city will have to wait until the remaining issues in the red light camera lawsuit are resolved before it can appeal the judge’s ruling.
A federal judge ruled Friday that the city of Houston may not appeal his ruling invalidating the November referendum that turned off a red-light surveillance system.
“The case is not certified for an interlocutory appeal,” U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes wrote in his brief order, which set a conference between the parties for July 19 to address remaining issues in the case.
City Attorney David Feldman said even though the city’s request was denied, he believes the judge is trying to bring the case to a speedy disposition, creating a final judgment that the city can appeal without asking Hughes for permission.
Given that the remaining issues could be resolved in about two weeks, I don’t think this is a big deal. All that’s left to decide is how much the city would owe the camera vendor for the eight and a half months that the cameras had been turned off, so one presumes it can be completed fairly quickly. If I’m wrong about that, that will be a problem. We’ll see how it goes.