Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Arizona Supreme Court Clears Way For Recall Against State Senator Pearce

State Senator Russell Pearce

Pearce and his supporters defeated from blocking recall election against the Senator.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 13, 2011

Phoenix, AZ - On Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court Justices upheld a lower court decision to clear the way for state Senator Russell Pearce (R) to be recall. Pearce authored the controversial immigration enforcement Senate bill SB 1070, that authorizes law enforcement officers to question the legal status of suspects during domestic and traffic violations. Others states have copycat similar laws.
Most provisions of the SB 1070 law have been block by a federal judge. Governor Jan Brewer (R) has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to try and overturn the federal partial injunction on SB 1070.
Pearce and his supporters had launched a legal challenge to block his recall claiming petitioners committed illegal acts to get the required signatures for a recall.
In August, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Huge Hegyi ruled that the recall special election against Senator Pearce could move forward. On November 8, Pearce will face a recall, which will become the first ever in the state's history.
The Citizens for a Better Arizona was the recall group who got 16,949 signatures, more than the minimum 7,756 that was required for the recall. The Maricopa County Election Board certified 10,365 of the signatures.

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