Condon rejects judge in recall effort

Condon rejects judge in recall effort

SPOKANE, Wash. - A hearing on the attempt to recall Spokane Mayor David Condon will be delayed one day, as Condon filed a motion to reject the judge who was supposed to preside over the case.

At a hearing scheduled for Monday in Spokane Superior Court, Judge Chip Small of Chelan County was scheduled to hear arguments and determine if the group trying to recall Mayor Condon could begin collecting signatures. Condon, however, filed a motion to reject the judge and the hearing had to be rescheduled.

In these cases, each side has the opportunity to reject a judge, but they can only do it once.

Small was the same judge that approved the recall of Spokane Mayor Jim West in 2005.

Spokane Superior Court was able to reschedule the hearing for Tuesday with Judge Blaine Gibson of Yakima County presiding.

Spokane CPA David Green filed recall charges against the mayor last month. He accuses Condon of committing acts of malfeasance and misfeasance, related to the dismissal of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub.

If Judge Gibson finds in favor of Green Tuesday, his group could start collecting signatures the next day.

The group would have 180 days to collect signatures from 25 percent of people who cast votes in the previous mayoral election. That works out to 12,335 valid signatures.