Recall Trial Attorneys Rest

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

The court case to stop the recall of Mayor Jim Suttle is over. Thursday Judge Peter Bataillon will release his decision.

Mayor Suttle's attorney called into question all of the petition signatures. Vince Powers lays the blame at the feet of Paul Jacobs, a petition drive expert brought in to help the Recall Mayor Suttle Committee.

Several people took the stand and testified that Jacobs paid them per signature something that is illegal in the state of Nebraska.

The defense contends that everything was on the up and up and the recall should move forward.

Leaving the courtroom today both sides of the recall injunction believed they had made their case to Judge Peter Bataillon and his decision would go their way.

In his closing argument Vince Powers told the court that the Recall Mayor Suttle Committee sought help from the wrong man and that is what doomed their effort.

Vince Powers says, "They put all of their faith into Paul Jacobs. He said that I made sure that the law was followed and then the gentleman who came in late yesterday at 4:30 said at the very first meeting of the circulators that he attended Paul Jacobs said it will be $20 for 20 signatures."

Jeremy aspen was unimpressed with Powers' case and his arguments.

Aspen says the collecting of signatures was above board and despite testimony from a few individuals circulators were not paid per signature.

And Aspen adds paid circulators were monitored.

Jeremy Aspen says, "Because it had to be done and the only people who could do that were people on the committee or volunteers who were out there. There was no shortage of people who were willing to report problems with paid petitioners if there had been any much less many."

That is powers point the signatures he brought into question inside the courtroom is only part of a much larger problem. Powers and Mayor Suttle are asking Judge Bataillon to stop the recall process.

Aspen and his attorneys disagree with both the argument and resolution and expect the vote to recall or retain Mayor Suttle to go off as scheduled in late January.

In closing Aspen's attorney said if you take the total number of signatures and give Mayor Suttle the benefit of every doubt and throw out all of those signatures there are still more than needed to force a recall election.

Judge presents his findings Thursday at 1:30.

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