Fairbanks judge dismisses lawsuit by ex-North Pole mayor

Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks judge has dismissed what was left of a lawsuit filed by a former North Pole mayor that alleged a corrupt election process in the Interior city.

Superior Court Judge Mary Greene said Tim Peters' allegations came too far after the election in question.

The decision frees the city from a lawsuit that has dogged the city council since shortly after Peters was ousted from office in a November 1998 recall election.

In January Greene dismissed a claim by Peters that the mayoral post, once voters elected him in 1997, was a property right and that the city council's move to certify the recall election violated his due process rights.

Earlier the judge dismissed two other allegations, including one that challenged the recall grounds as stated on the ballot.

Still unresolved is a counterclaim made by the city which seeks reimbursement for costs associated with Peters' actions, said city attorney Zane Wilson.

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