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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Paul Zukerberg
The D.C. Council on Monday is set to consider a bill that would schedule an election for D.C. attorney general in November — likely the last chance to put the issue before voters for four years.
D.C. residents will not be able to vote for the city's first elected attorney general in the April 1 primary following a decision Friday by a D.C. Superior Court judge.
A District of Columbia judge says she won't require elections officials to print the attorney general race on the April 1 primary ballot after the D.C. Council has voted to postpone the race.
A D.C. Superior Court judge will hear arguments Thursday from the city's sole candidate for attorney general, who is seeking to keep the election on the April 1 primary ballot despite lawmakers' decision to delay it.
The D.C. lawyer challenging a bill that postpones the city's first election for attorney general will wait until the legislation becomes law, likely in early January, before arguing the issue in D.C. Superior Court.
A federal judge said Thursday he will issue a ruling next week on a lawsuit seeking to keep the race for the District's first elected attorney general on the 2014 ballot. But the ruling might stand only to delay a decision further.
The D.C. lawyer suing the city in an effort to keep the election for attorney general on the ballot next year has officially declared his intentions to run for the office.
Attorneys representing the District cite the fact that a law pushing the election for the city's first attorney general back to 2018 is not yet in effect as a reason to toss out a lawsuit seeking to keep the race on the April ballot.
The D.C. Board of Elections is moving forward with plans to hold the city's first election for attorney general in April, despite the fact the D.C. Council voted to postpone the election by four years.
The District has one of the highest arrest rates for marijuana possession in the nation, with blacks being arrested eight times as often for the offense in the city as whites, according to a study released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
"They are prosecuting it, as far as I can see, up until the very last minute," said Paul Zukerberg, a lawyer running for District attorney general who has advocated for marijuana law reform and often represents clients facing drug charges.
"Unfortunately, time was our biggest enemy in this battle, and I think we just ran out of time," Mr. Zukerberg said.