Former Ellisville, Mo., mayor Adam Paul personally delivered court documents at a meeting Wednesday evening to some members of the city council with whom he previously served. Two lawsuits were filed -- Paul wants the St. Louis County Circuit Court to overturn his impeachment April 8, and another alleges City Councilman Matt Pirrello, City Attorney Paul Martin and City Manager Kevin Bookout and resident Katie James defamed his character and conspired to throw him out of office.
* The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reveals upon handing over documents to defendants, Paul apologized to the assembled crowd at the city council meeting and told the named individuals that "you damaged my livelihood and my reputation."
* Most attendees in the packed city council chambers applauded after Paul spoke. The former mayor has supporters in the city who backed his attempt to bring a Wal-Mart Supercenter to Ellisville, a move panned by some members of the council.
* The lawsuit claims Martin planned to remove Paul shortly after his election last April. It seeks unspecified damages and names the individuals as opposed to their official capacities with Ellisville.
* A search of Missouri Case Net court records shows Paul's lawsuit is a judicial review of the process of impeachment under Chapter 536 of the Missouri Revised Statutes. The law allows aggrieved parties to bring lawsuits before the court to review the legalities of procedures and processes of various agencies.
* Paul cited Abraham Lincoln to the city council upon delivering his court documents, according to theSt. Louis Beacon. The former mayor also invoked Sir Isaac Newton when asked about why he filed a lawsuit.
* Mayor Pro Tem Pirrello told the Post-Dispatch he was "not surprised at all" upon receiving his court papers. He believes the city council was upholding its duty to defend the city charter when Paul was ousted.
* The city council favors a special election to replace the former mayor. The timing of that process has not yet been decided as council members want to see how Paul's court battle plays out first. The Beacon reveals citizens pointed out clauses in the city charter that require a special election.
* Paul can still run for mayor during the special election. Two of his supporters were just elected to the city council during municipal balloting April 2.
* Three outgoing members of the city council were replaced by new people at the same meeting Wednesday night. The Post-Dispatch states Michelle Murray gave an impassioned speech that caused other members of the city council to ask her to stop speaking. Murray, who was term limited out of office, responded with, "You can afford me 10 minutes after I served six years."
William Browning is a research librarian specializing in U.S. politics.
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