ELLISVILLE, MO. (KTVI) – There were potentially explosive developments in the Ellisville impeachment saga Wednesday.
Suspended Mayor, Adam Paul, hoped what had been "private" Emails might save his job.
Paul is accused of abusing his power: tape recording employees, releasing confidential information.
But his attorney, Chet Pleban, said the Emails started before there were ever any formal allegations.
He considered the Emails to collectively be something of a 'smoking gun'.
'We`ve gotten a lot of emails that i believe are extremely interesting,' Pleban said.
He said they dated to December and showed Ellisville City Attorney, Paul Martin, instructed one council member ‘when’ and 'how' council members should vote; the Email was written before any complaint was filed for impeachment.
Paul has filed a petition in St. Louis County Court to stop the impeachment before Monday`s city council hearing and vote on whether to permanently remove him from office.
City council elections are the next day.
'The day before the election, April Fool’s day, too, I might add; not lost on me,' Pleban quipped.
'They waited until right before the new council was seated to bring these allegations. They refuse to continue the case beyond that period of time where a new council will be seated,' he said, saying that was another reason a judge needed to halt the process.
'Oh, they should drop it,' said resident and mayor supporter, MaryAnn Dust.
Residents seem to overwhelmingly support Paul, with yard signs popping up in front yards. He was elected in a landslide, defeating two current council members in the race, largely because of his opposition to giving millions of dollars in tax breaks for a new Walmart.
That put him at odds with the council majority.
At least two members cannot be re-elected because of term limits.
'[It`s] their last ditch attempt to get rid of the mayor before they`re out of office themselves. We feel that that`s not right,' she said.
Pleban also said the city charter was unconstitutionally vague, allowing impeachment for trivial matters.
'For example it just says you can remove a mayor for violation of the charter. They`re alleging the mayor wanted his own stationery. You`re telling me that that is sufficient to remove him as the mayor?' he asked.
Council member, Matt Pirrello told FOX2 any allegation of conspiracy to oust the mayor was absurd. No one else responded to our requests for comment.
The hearing on the mayor's petition is Thursday afternoon.
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