published Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Chattanooga: Circuit Court judge rules petitioners can intervene in recall lawsuit Littlefield filed against Hamilton County Election Commission

by Cliff Hightower
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    Staff photo by Jake Daniels/Chattanooga Times Free Press -- Sep 3, 2010 Judge Jeff Hollingsworth debates statutes with attorneys during Friday morning's hearing. Attorneys representing Mayor Ron Littlefield and petitioners met in Judge Hollingsworth's courtroom on Friday for a preliminary hearing about the petition to recall Mayor Littlefield.

Circuit Court Judge Jeff Hollingsworth ruled today the recall petitioners could intervene in a lawsuit filed by Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield against the Hamilton County Election Commission.

Littlefield filed the lawsuit earlier this week to stop a recall election from happening in November. Jim Folkner, with Citizens to Recall Mayor Littlefield, filed a motion to intervene in the case on behalf of the petitioners.

Three groups — Citizens to Recall Mayor Littlefield, the Chattanooga Tea Party and Chattanooga Organized for Action — gathered more than 9,000 signatures to force a recall under the City Charter.

A final hearing on the matter is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The city of Chattanooga also will be able to intervene in the court case after all parties agreed it could on Thursday, officials said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Tax_Payer said...

I do appreciate the fact that the citizens of Chattanooga can be proactive in firing elected officials, and really does not understand why voters picked them anyway if they have done a poor enough job after being re-elected. Voters should use more discretion about whom they are voting for, not just the most popular person on the ballot list.

By now, everyone in Chattanooga has heard and read the names Littlefield and Rico. I forgot who that third person is that is being recalled; but it seems as if the whole board is corrupt.

September 3, 2010 at 10:56 a.m.
harrystatel said...

This is the same Judge Hollingsworth who, in restoring convicted ex-State Senator Ward Crutchfield's petition for full citizenship said, "he [Ward Crutchfield] shows the character of a person of honesty, respectability and veracity."

Huh? That's right—you read it correctly.

And this is the judge who will hear the Recall case? Yep!

Ever wonder why no one believes in the system of justice anymore? Wonder no more!

Harry Statel

September 3, 2010 at 3:14 p.m.
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