TOWNSEND -- Selectman Cindy King asked the state's highest court to weigh in on the recall sought against her, challenging an Appeals Court decision from earlier this month.
John Dombrowski, King's attorney, filed an application Monday asking the Supreme Judicial Court to consider the case. The court has not yet issued a response.
In the application, Dombrowski argued -- as he had in lower courts -- that the grounds of the recall are insufficient under the town's recall laws.
"Given the circumstances, it is clear that both the public interest and the interests of justice are ill-served by the Appeals Court's Decision," Dombrowski wrote. "Accordingly, King respectfully requests that the Supreme Judicial Court grant further appellate review of this important matter."
If the SJC does take up the matter, that could create another wrinkle to an increasingly complicated recall situation. Petitioners first sought the removal of King and her colleague on the board, Gordon Clark, more than a year ago. An election was set for June 19, and both King and Clark challenged the matter in court, alleging the grounds listed in the petitions were insufficient under the town's recall act.
Days before the election, courts blocked the recall of both King and Clark, siding with the selectmen. The case continued up through various levels of appeal, and two weeks ago, the Appeals Court reversed a lower decision and said the recall should be allowed to take place.
Town officials had not yet said how they would respond to the court's ruling.
Joe Shank, a leader of the recall movement, criticized King's decision to appeal the case.
"She's going to cost the town a lot of money now because she's done it," Shank said. "I think she's wasting the town's money pathetically."
All sides of the matter -- the recallers, the selectmen and the town itself -- have spent thousands of dollars on legal fees over the past nine months as the case has made its way through the courts.
Town officials were not immediately available to comment Wednesday on how any election plans would be affected by the application.
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