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Embattled Fall River Mayor Wins Legal Challenge Against Election That Recalled And Re-Elected Him

In this file photo, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia has a conversation in his city hall office. (Stephan Savoia/AP)
In this file photo, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia has a conversation in his city hall office. (Stephan Savoia/AP)
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UPDATE Friday, March 22 at 4 p.m. --  A Superior Court judge has denied a motion Friday filed by 10 Fall River residents to block the certification of the special election that both recalled and re-elected Mayor Jasiel Correia. The judge said the city's charter does not expressly exclude a recalled candidate from succeeding himself.


Or earlier post from Tuesday, March 19: 

A lawsuit is challenging a special election in which embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was both recalled and re-elected.

The suit filed Tuesday by 10 residents seeks to invalidate the unusual outcome of the March 12 election that kept Correia in office though a majority of voters wanted him removed.

The 27-year-old Democrat was indicted last year on tax and fraud charges related to an app he developed.

More than 60 percent voted to recall the mayor. But a separate part of the ballot asked voters who should replace him and Correia topped a list of five candidates with about 35 percent of the vote.

The lawsuit says once recalled, Correia shouldn't have been eligible for re-election and asks that second-place finisher Paul Coogan be declared mayor.

With additional reporting from the WBUR Newsroom

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