The eviction by District of Columbia housing officials "probably" be postponed at least through the end of Justice spokesman said yesterday.
The spokesman, John Russell of Justice's Information Office, said motions filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court by Harry T. Alexander, Mrs. Brown's attorney, "have to be answered by us," and that a court hearing "won't commence at least until Friday."
The attempted eviction of Brown last Thursday from her home, which the city owns and wants to demolish as part of redevelopment plans for the historic O Street Market in the Shaw section of Washington, has become a cause celebre for a variety of housing groups in the city.
They argue that the $14,000 offered Brown for her house two years ago was not enough. However, Brown was also offered $15,000 in relocation assistance and turned down at least one house offered her by the city. In addition, Brown reportedly owns all or part of three other houses in the District.
Alexander's motions on Brown's behalf ask the federal courts to vacate an earlier order which granted her $14,000 for her O Street house. "My client deserves a fair market value for her property," Alexander said.