Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court Judge Stacy Leeds has ruled that the impeachment of Rep. Travis Scott by the National Council is unconstitutional, due to the fact that a petition of 20% of the registered voters in Representative Scotts district has not been presented.
Impeachment proceedings were initiated against Rep. Scott by the National Council at a May 22 emergency session.
Judge Leeds issued a writ of prohibition on Nov. 12 to stop the National Council from moving forward with removal proceedings.
Article VIII of the MCN constitution establishes the requirement for a petition of 20 percent of the registered voters in a district to begin the removal process.
At question before the court was whether the National Council could begin the removal process without a petition being presented by the citizens.
The court found that legislation passed in 1989 to establish the procedures for removal of officers created a way for the National Council to begin the removal process without the participation of registered voters violating the intent of Article VIII of the MCN Constitution.
Rep. Scott lost his Okfuskee Seat B re-election bid on Nov. 13th to Sandra Golden.
Mvskoke Media has not confirmed if this case has been appealed to the MCN Supreme Court, we will have ongoing coverage in this developing story.