The matter of whether Mark Vanterpool should be sworn in as Fourth District Representative is scheduled for judicial review next week.
The matter was scheduled for review at the request of Vanterpool whose attorneys filed for an urgent hearing before the court.
“The High Court granted a hearing date for Wednesday, April 10, 2019,” Vanterpool said in a media release on Tuesday afternoon.
“I am still hopeful that this matter would be resolved without delay and therefore allow me some time to participate in the budgetary proceedings, having been sworn
The court approved the hearing after first denying Vanterpool’s request of an injunction (a court order). Vanterpool wanted the court to make an order to “delay” yesterday’s April 2 sitting of the House to allow him to be able to “participate in the budget process”.
The court refused that request.
Vanterpool’s predicament happened because of his March 5 decision to resign from representational politics. He submitted what he and the governor now believe to be a ‘constitutionally invalid’ letter of resignation. Vanterpool changed his mind about resigning a week later and now wishes to be sworn in.
However, the Speaker of the House, Julian Willock, refuses to swear him in. Willock maintains that he has already accepted the resignation, notwithstanding its invalidity.
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