Impeachment trial for Ellisville mayor continues into second week

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 6:31 PM

ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOV) -- The impeachment hearing of Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul will resume Monday morning after nothing was decided during a third straight night of proceedings.

A large crowd forced the first two nights of the hearing to be held in a school auditorium and ther trial was held at St. John’s Lutheran School in the 15800 Manchester Rd Wednesday afternoon.

Paul faces a list of allegations that include asking police for a gun and badge, failing to keep control of council meetings and engaging in name calling with council members. 

Paul says the accusations are made up and called the proceedings a “kangaroo court."

Testimony on Tuesday featured Police Chief Tom Felgate, who was grilled at times by Paul’s attorney, Chet Pleban.  Felgate admitted he preferred to stay out of any political issues between the mayor and the council.

At one point, the trial’s hearing officer seemed annoyed at how long Pleban was taking with his cross examination. 

City Clerk Catherine Demeter spent a couple hours on the stand talking about the Paul’s handling of unruly people at council meetings. 

As the drama played out voters in Ellisville replaced three council members. 

Incumbent Troy Pieper was defeated by Michael Cahill.  Two other sitting council members are being forced out by term limits.

But even with new council members elected, they likely will not be certified before an impeachment vote is taken to remove Paul from office.

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