Oral arguments for the Recall Dunleavy court case are scheduled for Jan. 10.
The group seeking to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office filed a lawsuit last week after Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson rejected the group's grounds for recall.
The appeal was filed with the Anchorage Superior Court and has since been transferred between three judges, with an original assignment to Judge Una Sonia Gandbhir and subsequent transfer to Judge Jennifer Henderson before landing with Judge Eric Aarseth.
In a scheduling hearing Thursday, Aarseth acknowledged the need to have the case decided soon.
"I reject the framing in terms of a rush to a judgment," Aarseth said during the scheduling hearing. "We're not being careless or cavalier, and I will take the time to feel confident in the decision."
The Recall Dunleavy legal team is asking for the courts to declare the rejection incorrect, declare the recall application legal and in the proper form, issue an injunction certifying the application and ensuring signature booklets are printed, and award the group all legal fees. And they have asked that it all be done rapidly.
Here is a brief timeline of key events in the recall campaign.
Aug. 1: Recall Dunleavy effort launched.
Sept. 5: Recall group submits 49,006 signatures and legal brief outlining reasons for recall.
Nov. 4: Alaska Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai, at the advice of Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, rejects the group's proposed legal reasons for recall.
Nov. 5: Recall Dunleavy appeals recall rejection with Anchorage Superior Court and requests expedited case hearing with the courts.
Nov. 14: Scheduling hearing sets oral arguments for Jan. 10.
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