The U.S. Supreme Court this week granted a group of Arlington commuters 60 additional days for their attorney to present arguments against a review of the constitutionality of ordinances barring commuter parking in residential neighborhoods.
The 60 days will give the commuters additional time to raise funds to pay their attorney.
Arlington County has asked the high court to review a Virginia State Supreme Court decision which struck down an Arlington ordinance banning commuter parking in a residential neighborhood near Crystal City.
The Supreme Court asked attorney Herbert C. Harper to argue why they should not review that decision. Harper, who successfully represented the commuters before the state supreme court, was not retained by the commuters at the time of the Supreme Court request.
Since then, however, interested commuters have been trying to raise money to pay Harper, said Henry Itkin, a spokesman for the commuters.
Although the money has not been raised yet, "we are fairly hopeful of raising it by the end of this month," said Itkin. Itkin said he is talking to opponents of a similar parking ordinance in the District of Columbia about contributing money to fighting the appeal.
The D.C. ordinance was held to be constitutional by a D.C. Superior Court judge last month, allowing the city to expand its parking restrictions to new neighborhoods. Similar parking laws have been challenged in court in other jurisdictions locally and nationally, in a confrontation that might be ended by a Supreme Court decision.