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Judge rules against Walberg recall effort
LANSING - A recall effort against U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg is effectively over.
Lenawee County Circuit Court Judge Harvey Koselka ruled Tuesday in favor of Walberg's lawsuit that challenged the constitutional validity of the effort to recall him.
"I don't think he won so much as the people lost, really,'' James Carr, of Jackson, a retired teacher who has led the recall campaign, told the Jackson Citizen-Patriot.
Walberg's attorney sees the victory differently.
"This is a victory for the taxpayers of the 7th District,'' said Eric E. Doster, an attorney for the Lansing firm Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith.
The 7th District spans mid- and southern Michigan and includes 14 townships in northern and western Washtenaw County.
The U.S. Constitution contains no provision for recalling a sitting member of Congress, even though the Michigan Constitution says recalls are permissible.
Carr said he is not going to hire a lawyer to appeal the judge's preliminary ruling, nor is he going to continue collecting recall signatures. He said when he began his recall effort that he was targeting Walberg because the Republican congressman is passing the cost of the Iraq war on to future generations.
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