Ariz. Supreme Court transfers Pearce recall case

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

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Supreme Court is sidestepping an appeal of a judge's ruling to keep a scheduled recall election for state Sen. Russell Pearce on track, but it may be only a temporary move.

A brief order by a Supreme Court justice orders that a Pearce supporter's appeal of the Superior Court judge's ruling be transferred to the mid-level Court of Appeals.

The order states that state court rules require that expedited elections appeals be filed with the Court of Appeals, not the Supreme Court.

However, the order also says that there then could be a request made to have the refiled appeal transferred back to the Supreme Court.