Judge won't block recall election in Overland
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Since: Feb 07
#1 Feb 12, 2007
The Mayor's argument (according to her attorney's filings) was that improper procedures were used to place this issue on the ballot. This would be true if the vote to do so at the December 11th, 2006 Overland City Council meeting had not happened (a vote those filings completely ignored). Since it did, the Judge ruled that it was sufficient to place the issue on the ballot.
Another argument was that there were no legal grounds for Recall. The grounds stated on the petitions were Mayor Purzner's illegal attempt to remove the Chief of Police from office (as ruled in STL County Courts) and her failure to follow the Sunshine Law (as ruled in STL County Courts as well). The Judge ruled that these were sufficient grounds for a Recall.
Finally the Mayor's attorney argued that "as a matter of law" an ordinance is required to send the issue to the Election Board. However, the statute does not state an ordinance is required and there are no legal precedents suggesting this is the case. The judge didn't even bother to mention this issue in his ruling as it seems to only be "a matter of law" in the Mayor's attorney's mind. For more detailed analysis of the goings on in Overland politics visit: http://overlandexaminer.org .
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