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Dorothy Glenn finally removed from city council by Supreme Court ruling today

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 2:20 pm News Flash Archive

The Mississippi Supreme Court finally ruled on the Dorothy Glenn primary election contest that has been pending on appeal since July 2013. It upheld the trial court's decision removing Dorothy Glenn from the Greenwood City Council after determining that she did not actually live in Ward 6.

Glenn's opponent, Andrew Powell, filed the original contest, and proved to the court's satisfaction that Glenn's claims to live in Ward 6 were not credible. The Court specifically ruled that she was an unbelievable witness. She was represented at the time by State Representative Willie J. Perkins of Greenwood.

Judge Henry Lackey, specially appointed by the Supreme Court to hear the election contest, had ordered Glenn to vacate the office and ordered a special run-off election, excluding Glenn, between the other two persons whom she had defeated, Powell and Norman Smith.

Glenn had remained in office, however, pending the outcome of her appeal. The briefing was completed in February 2014, and the Supreme Court took until today to render its decision.

The Supreme Court upheld Lackey on all points except the calling of a special run-off primary election. Instead, the law requires the Governor to call a special election. The Supreme Court instructed the Governor to do so.

Usually, such special elections are held within 30 to 45 days from the time the office is vacated. However, the Governor may refrain from calling the special election until the court's mandate issues, after the time for further appeals by Glenn has expired.

The Supreme Court's decision today may be viewed here:
Supreme Court Decision Ousting Glenn

The original decision by Lackey removing Glenn from office may be viewed here:
Lackey Opinion removing Glenn from office

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