Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle rejected on Monday afternoon a request by Councilwoman Pam Murray to enjoin the special recall election for her District 5 seat.
Hobbs Lyle heard arguments from attorneys for District 5 Councilwoman Pam Murray, who wanted to stop the recall election, and from Metro government, which believes voters should have their say at the ballot.
The special recall election will be held Nov. 12.
The crux of Murray’s argument wa that the notice to recall filed with the Metro Clerk was different than the petition postcards signed by many of the District 5 residents last month. The substantive difference was seven additional words on the postcards, “… while living and working in Detroit, Michigan.”
The original petition listed Murray’s alleged dereliction of duties as a reason for the recall, but did not mention her residency.
Earlier this year a report by NewsChannel 5 showed that Murray lives a majority of the time in Detroit, where she works as a social worker at a methadone clinic.
That report led to an ethics complaint being filed with the State Ethics Commission, because Murray listed herself as self-employed on her 2008 and 2009 disclosure forms.
Following today’s hearing, Murray said she had no comment.