Larson files injunction against RCA ruling

Jill Pearson

Jennifer Larson filed a request for an injunction Wednesday in response to the Richardson Court Association’s decision to withhold her presidency.

Alex Olson, chief justice of the Government of the Student Body, said the GSB Supreme Court agreed with Larson on the injunction, which requires no individuals may assume office until after the trial.

Jennifer Larson, junior in political science, and Jennie Kingery, junior in biology, were elected as RCA president and vice president, respectively, for the 2001-2002 academic year. Andy Walling, RCA president, said the decision was made by the election commission April 9 to disqualify them from the executive positions on the grounds of illegal campaigning.

Larson refused comment Wednesday night.

Greg Tew, GSB Senate Rules Committee member, said the committee would like to see RCA’s decision to disqualify Larson and Kingery from office overturned.

Tew, senior in aerospace engineering, said the committee is contesting the association’s decision because of the illegality surrounding the implementation of their Election Act.

Walling, junior in pre-business, confirmed the Election Act was passed by RCA parliament four hours before the elections polls opened. He also said his secretary did not give him the act in time to sign it before the elections began. The new Election Act changed the locations of legal postings.

Originally, all campaign materials had to be removed only from polling locations, while the new act prohibited posters within 20 feet of computer labs. The grievance filed said Larson had posted promotion signs near the labs.

Will Tinder, GSB RCA senator, said he suggested the case be brought to the GSB Supreme Court.

Tinder, sophomore in history, said Larson’s case states that the posters were put up before the act was passed, so she could not be charged with illegal campaigning.

Tew said the trial is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“I would expect the court to find in our favor and to overturn the decision,” he said.

Tinder said the court has unlimited options while examining the case. “The court can do anything,” he said. “They can throw the case out, which is unlikely; they could say Jenny Larson is now president because she won the popular vote. Or they could throw out the executive election by itself, or they could throw out the entire election and RCA would have to do it over from scratch.”

RCA does not have much of a case in this situation, Tinder said. “My gut feeling is that at least part of the case will be thrown out,” he said.

Tony Luken, plaintiff in the case, said the situation warrants further attention. “I feel there are some extremely serious problems with the way the elections were handled, including possible law violations,” said Luken, sophomore in philosophy.