Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Minnesota: Supreme Court tosses out Wabasha County Commissioner recall

The Minnesota Supreme Court has tossed out the attempt to recall Wabasha County commissioner Deb Roschen. Minnesota is a "judicial recall" or "malfeasance standard" state, and the court ruled that the charges did not meet the  “malfeasance in office" standard.
Petitioners collected more than 500 signatures, they needed 415.
The petition brought four charges against Roschen: That she attempted to fire a county employee, made defamatory statements against county workers, attempted to pass measures without public notice and threatened to cut sheriff’s department funding.
If those allegations constituted malfeasance, the Supreme Court could have called for a public hearing to determine whether the charges were true and whether a recall election was needed.

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