- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Pierce County Superior Court judge will hear arguments on whether an attempt to recall embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley, who has pleaded not guilty to federal charges including tax evasion, is valid and can move forward.

Friday afternoon’s hearing is on the recall effort being pushed by Will Knedlik, who is accusing Kelley of several violations of his terms of office, from inadequate auditing to abuses of power to violating the state constitution by living in Tacoma instead of Olympia. Kelley, who is currently on leave, pleaded not guilty in federal court last month on 10 felony counts, including allegations he failed to pay taxes.

The judge will consider whether the charges are sufficient to give Knedlik permission to gather the 715,800 signatures from registered voters required to put the recall on a statewide ballot.

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