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Judge Stops Recall of Council Member Rick Ensey

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YAKIMA, Wash.- A judge has denied petitioners request to begin a recall of Yakima City Council Member Rick Ensey.   

Judge Michael McCarthy took the weekend to review case law, to see if there were grounds to continue with the recall process. The petitioners argued Ensey broke the open public meetings act by trying to line up votes to change the city's budget process. 

Ensey admits he was hasty in making the motion that sparked this whole controversy.

"I should've let everyone talk and then at the end made my motion and we should've voted on it. But, you know, that's just a rookie politician making a tactical error," said Ensey.

Judge McCarthy said in his ruling that he does not think the petitioners acted frivolously. But, he did not find enough proof that Ensey may have broke the open public meetings act.

As for Ensey's legal fees, Ensey said he's not sure what the attorney will be charging the city.