Our legal appeals have been unusual, since DC homeowners seldom take cases of official wrongdoing related to small construction projects to court beyond the DC Office
of Administrative Hearings (OAH) level. Ordinary homeowners tend to have difficulty identifiying abuse of authority in permitting in the context of a zoning scheme that isn't user-friendly, and can
seldom afford counsel to preserve five-figure projects.
In the tree house case, court mediation has failed twice in the last two years, at OAH and the DC Court
of Appeals. Simply put, DDOT has not been willing to agree to let our kids fort alone until our girls have grown up enough to tire of playing in it: we have not asked for damages to settle the matter. We filed a complaint in US
District Court under the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFFA), only after DDOT rejected mediation at OAH in 2017, although the lead judge had already lined up a mediator.
If nothing changes, our appeals could easily drag on for years. The documents below are brimming with black humor for anybody pondering why statehood remains an elusive goal for DC, several
decades into the home-grown campaign to achieve it.