Associate District Court Judge ­Sheryl McFarlin has refused a request by a group seeking to block the development of a city-owned, bond-financed convention center in downtown Dallas. She turned down a request for a temporary restraining order from Citizens Against the Taxpayer Owned Hotel, an organization primarily funded by Dallas real estate developer and hotel owner Harlan Crow.

Citizens Against the Taxpayer Owned Hotel asked the court to prohibit city officials from “entering into a binding development agreement” or “using any money or other property of the city, directly or indirectly ... for the purpose of siting, financing, constructing, acquiring, leasing, or operating a hotel or other lodging facility.”

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