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Michael Patrick Shiels
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Posted: Tuesday, 29 April 2014 4:10PM

Benton Harbor Commissioner Muhammad Wants Mayoral Election To Proceed



Benton Harbor City Commissioner Marcus Muhammad is hoping the mayoral recall election set for next Tuesday in the city is allowed to proceed. He testified during a Tuesday morning hearing before Judge John Dewane, as Berrien County Clerk Sharon Tyler seeks a preliminary injunction to postpone the election until her office can fully investigate all of the petitions filed to force the recall.

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Muhammad testified that neither candidate has done anything wrong and the mistakes that prompted the hearing lie with the county.

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He accused Clerk Tyler of trying to change the rules at the last minute by asking for at least a delay in the recall until November.

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Judge Dewane says he is likely to make a decision on whether or not to allow the election to proceed on Thursday. At issue are at least a dozen petition signatures that the State Police Crime Lab has alleged had the dates changed on them to fit within the 60-day window from the date the petitions were submitted to the clerk's office. The judge said during Tuesday's proceedings that the criminal cases against Ed Pinkney and James Cornelius for election fraud have no bearing on this ruling.

   

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