Pearce backer appeals decision on recall election

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Sen. Russell Pearce By Catherine Holland Sen. Russell Pearce By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A supporter of Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce has told the state Supreme Court that he's appealing a ruling that lets a Nov. 8 recall election against Pearce be held as planned.

The notice of appeal on behalf of Pearce supporter Franklin Bruce Ross was filed Sunday night.

The appeal stems from Friday's decision by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Hugh Hegyi to throw out Ross' lawsuit that alleged flaws in the recall drive and sought to have the election called off.

Recall organizers contended they "substantially complied" with recall requirements.

Pearce supporters say recall organizers should be held to a "strict compliance" standard.

Hegyi ruled that strict compliance isn't the law in Arizona, except in unusual circumstances that aren't present in the Pearce recall challenge.