Updated at 6:12 p.m.
A Washington federal judge today denied an injunction that would have blocked D.C. Council legislation delaying the city's first election for an attorney general. The problem, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said, was that the legislation in question wasn't formally a law yet.
Paul Zukerberg, a local criminal defense lawyer and former candidate for the council, sued the city challenging a measure passed on Oct. 1 pushing the attorney general election back from 2014 to 2018. Zukerberg sued as a private citizen and also recently declared his intent to run for the attorney general job if the election went forward.
Zukerberg argued that a preliminary injunction was necessary given fast-approaching deadlines related to the 2014 election. Boasberg said that because the law in question wasn't final—it's awaiting approval by Congress—the court lacked jurisdiction to consider Zukerberg's challenge.