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Fate Of D.C. Attorney General Election Remains In Legal Limbo

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A federal judge says its too early to take action on the lawsuit that seeks to block the D.C. Council from delaying next year's attorney general election.

In 2010, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum mandating an elected attorney general. The election was supposed to take place next year but in October the D.C. Council passed a bill delaying it because some lawmakers felt the city wasn't ready and no candidate had stepped forward to run.

In response, Paul Zukerberg, a defense attorney and former Council candidate, sued the city to keep the race on the 2014 ballot and later announced he would seek the seat.

Late last week a federal judge ruled that he cannot grant a requested injunction on the Council bill because it is still in the 30-day congressional review period. The review is not expected to be completed until late December, just shy of the January 2 deadline for candidates to turn in signatures to get on the ballot.

In the meantime, Zukerberg continues gathering the necessary 2,000 signatures.

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