BOSTON — The Townsend recall case will go all the way to the top of the state’s judicial system.
More than a year after the recall effort first began and after half a dozen lower-court rulings that changed the election from on to off to back on again, the Supreme Judicial Court will take up the matter and hear oral arguments on Friday morning.
Selectmen Gordon Clark and Cindy King became the target of a recall last year amid controversy in town over investigations into the police department.
They both challenged the legitimacy of the attempt, though, arguing in court that the recall petitions did not describe sufficient grounds for removal as required by a special act.
The recall had been set for June 19, but days before, judges ruled that the reasons were not valid and blocked the election.
The case underwent several appeals, and last month, the state Appeals Court reversed lower decisions and said the recall should be allowed to take place.
King filed another appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court, and the state’s highest court agreed to hear the matter at 9 a.m. Friday in Boston.
The timing of a potential recall remains unclear.
Following the Appeals Court ruling, supporters of the effort said they hoped to see the recall question put on the ballot at the regularly scheduled April 24 town elections to avoid the costs of a special election.
That may not be possible, however, with an appeals hearing so close to the date.
Clark’s term ends at the town elections and he is not running for re-election.
King’s term runs until next year, although she has previously expressed plans to run for state representative.
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