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Fred Staples in Court

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Retired judge Fred Staples was in court Friday.

He's been collecting signatures for years to try and get the Benton County seat moved from Prosser to Kennewick.  But there was question as to how many signatures he needs.

Staples argues he needs one-third of voters' signatures from this year's coming election, not last year's, to get the issue on the 2010 ballot.  On Friday, the judge ruled in favor of Staples.

"I can use the result of the 2009 election to determine the number of signatures, which is a big help," says Staples.  "I might have enough right now to meet 2009."

In total, Staples estimates he's collected around 16,000 signatures.  He won't know how many he'll need until after November's election to get the issue to the voters.