Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is facing a potential recall from Seattle residents after a judge on Wednesday ruled there was sufficient evidence that more charges against her could continue.
King County Judge Jim Rogers upheld four of the six charges brought by petitioner Ernest Lou, saying in his order that Lou acknowledged that the other two were “legally inadequate.”
These included allegations that Sawant, a controversial figure in the ongoing protests, had called on protesters to occupy the eastern part of the city and contributed to the creation of the infamous Capitol Hill Occupation Protest Zone (CHOP).
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The four remaining charges concerned the manner in which Sawant allegedly abused his office. Specifically, Lou claims that Sawant let protesters into the town hall during a night protest and spoke at another demonstration in front of the mayor̵
“The petitioner has shown actual knowledge of facts indicating that the councilor intended to commit an illegal act,” Rogers said. Lou filed the petition in late August.
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According to The Seattle Times, Sawant’s lawyer called the petition a “political execution” against the councilwoman.
“We have elections in this state and in this city, and it is elections where the decision of who holds this office must be decided,” said lawyer Dmitri Iglitzin. “This is on his face, by any fair reading, a political alignment against Councilman Sawant.”
Lou’s lawyer, John McKay, insisted that officials like Sawant should be “held accountable for offenses.”