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Commonwealth v. Petralia

Citation: 7 ELR 20482
362 N.E.2d 513/372 Mass. 452, (Mass., 04/29/1977)

The court rejects defendant's equal protection challenge to Cambridge, Massachusetts, parking regulations which distinguish between residents and nonresidents. The city's classification is rationally related to the city's legitimate interest in reducing highway congestion and air pollution, and in encouraging use of public transportation in place of private transportation.

Counsel for Commonwealth
John Droney, Michael Hashim, Ass't District Attorneys
Middlesex Superior Court, Cambridge MA 02144
(617) 494-4050

Herbert P. Gleason, corp. Counsel; Peter Koff, Ass't Corp. Counsel
City of Boston Law Department
One City Hall Square, Boston MA 02201
(617) 725-4034

Counsel for City of Cambridge
Birge Albright
26 Searle Ave., Brookline MA 02146
(617) 277-3879

Guy Petralia
16 Indian Hill Rd., Winchester MA 01890
(617) 729-3499

Counsel for Amicus Curiae
Charles Corkin, II, Ellyn R. Weiss, Ass't Attorneys General
131 Tremont St., Boston MA 02108
(617) 727-8400

Before HENNESSEY, C.J., and QUIRICO, KAPLAN, WILKINS and LIACOS, JJ.