Judgment in favor of the City

Apr. 17, 2015City of Houston

“This is a great victory in the courts, and a great day for civil rights in Houston, Texas.  The jury found for the City, and now the judge has found in favor of the City too.  I am gratified that the judge signed a final judgment rejecting the plaintiffs’ claims and confirming that their pro-discrimination referendum petition failed.  We will be prepared if the plaintiffs decide to appeal.”
Donna Edmundson
City Attorney

“I would hope that the plaintiffs would not appeal, they lost during a jury trial and today they also lost with the judge’s ruling. Now all Houstonians have access to the same protections.”
Mayor Annise Parker

Additional Notes:
Judge Shaffer entered Final Judgment in favor of the Defendants, finding there were only 16,684 valid signatures.  He states, “[a]s a matter of fact and as a matter of law the Referendum Petition is not valid or enforceable in all respects.”  Plaintiffs take nothing on their claims against Defendants.  Additionally, Defendants are awarded all costs of court.