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Group Takes Term Limit Suit to Federal Court

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A state court wasn't friendly to their cause, so opponents to the way the city's term limits law was changed have gone to federal court.

REPORTER: Attorney Norman Siegel says federal courts have ruled against elected officials who try to keep themselves in power.

SIEGEL: If you can show that their actions are 'patently and fundamentally unfair.' Then you have a due process violation.

REPORTER: The lawsuit is being brought by a group of elected officials that includes City Comptroller Bill Thompson and the Republican former Staten Island borough president Guy Molinari.

Several teachers have also filed a federal lawsuit...to block the term limits extension.

The city's law office says the claims are without merit.

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