Defeated mayoral candidate Janet “JT” Thompson told City Council Monday she won’t take part in the tribunal to hear the election challenge she filed. Even so, council members voted to give Thompson one more chance to appear at that court-like hearing on Thursday.
… Thompson, who has filed a number of legal challenges after losing to Jones in the May 17 election by more than a 2-1 margin, spoke briefly at the start of the council meeting Monday evening.
On Monday afternoon, Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman rejected her latest legal maneuver — a complaint to disqualify council from hearing her June 3 election challenge. As Judge James Stucky did several weeks ago, Kaufman ruled that City Council must hear the election complaint, as spelled out by state law and upheld by the state Supreme Court.
Thompson said that would violate her constitutional rights to due process. “I object to the legal process,” she said. “I will not be participating in this … I won’t even call it ‘court.'”