Thursday, August 9, 2012
Washington: Snohomish County Executive recall tossed out for failure to swear charges under oath
An attempt to recall Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon was tossed out because the filers failed to allege under oath that Reardon had engaged in misconduct. Washington State has a malfeasance standard.
The recall accused Reardon of breaking state campaign laws by using his executive assistant and other public resources for political fundraising and lobbying. Reardon was investigated for the misuse of funds, but the prosecutor found insufficient evidence, though the charges were limited to whether he used money to carry out an affair with a county employee.