Judge blocks latest petition to keep Barnes in Lower Merion

    The Friends of the Barnes have lost their latest petition to block the move of the Barnes from Lower Merion to the Parkway, Arts & Culture reporter Peter Crimmins tells us. Judge Stanley Ott has ruled that the Friends do not have standing to challenge the then-Attorney General Michael Fisher’s support of the move. The Friends of the Barnes attempted to keep the Barnes in place through a legal maneuver that allows a private citizen to act as attorney general with the understand that the actual attorney general is compromised.

    “He worked with the Barnes to get changes made–he never revealed that to the court,” Friends of the Barnes attorney Sam Stretton told NewsWorks of Fisher in August. “Our position was he had an obligation to do so, if he wasn’t going to do so, he had to tell the court so the court could appoint someone like me to present the opposing viewpoint.”

    The Parkway location is set to open in May 2012.

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