Arizona Recall Election Against Russel Pearce Ruled By Maricopa County Court Judge Hegyi

By on Aug 13, 2011 in International, Politics, United States, World Comments
Russel Pearce
Russel Pearce
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Maricopa County Judge Hugh Hegyi ruled in favor of the November 8 Arizona recall election against state Senate President Russell Pearce, according to reports by several international news sites on Friday, August 12, 2011.

Pearce is reportedly a tough advocate of border enforcement and author of Arizona‘s immigration enforcement law. His supporter, Franklin Bruce Ross, tried to stop the election recall by filing a lawsuit. According to Ross, the recall proponents did not met the required 7,756 voter signatures from Pearce‘s district in Mesa. However, election officials claimed that 10,365 valid signatures was submitted by the election recall proponents.

The ruling of Judge Hegyi explained that strict compliance is not the law in Arizona and “The law relegates consideration of a change of this nature to the Supreme Court, and not to this trial court.”

Lisa Hauser, attorney of the lawsuit proponents, said she plans to appeal the Hegyi ruling to the Arizona Supreme Court. She stressed that “There are a number of issues that we raised to the court that are either matters of first impression or matters that the judge himself acknowledged that a court more powerful than him needs to address.”

Recall election attorney, Thomas Ryan, explained that the ruling found substantial compliance with the rules on all counts and he that they “are in very good position to defend this on appeal.”

Pearce will be facing Charter school executive and Republican Jerry Lewis and another Republican Olivia Cortes in the recall election.



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