New delay mires progress of anti-freeway federal appeals case

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By Paul Maryniak | Ahwatukee Foothills News

The court gave the Gila Community until May 30 to file a brief even though the community had only requested a May 1 deadline.

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While work on the South Mountain Freeway is proceeding quickly, the court effort aimed at stopping it is moving at a snail’s pace.

Just days after a panel of judges for the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit appeared to be on track for possibly scheduling oral arguments in the case, it granted the Gila River Indian Community a delay that is a month longer than it wanted to file a brief.

The panel’s action on Monday, April 17, came only three days after it had granted a request by the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration to file a brief that was longer than what the court normally allows.

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