State Board approves recall petition against Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble

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In a 3-0 vote, the Michigan Board of Canvassers unanimously approved the recall petition against Branch County Prosecutor Ralph Kimble.

The petitioners now have 60 days to collect nearly 3,000 signatures to force a recall election.

Kimble has been accused of sexual harassment and criminal sexual conduct by several woman who have worked in his office or at the Branch County Courthouse. The Michigan State Police requested last year that criminal sexual conduct charges be filed against Kimble, but the charges were denied because a witness refused to cooperate for fear of retaliation.

This is the second time petitioners Alexia and Stephen Rish have asked the State Board of Canvassers to approve a recall effort against Kimble. The last time, the board rejected the petition saying that some of the language was not factual. In their second attempt, the Rishes removed the challenged language.

In an e-mail to the Newschannel 3 I-Team, Kimble said the following: “The petitioners admitted working with former fired employee, Evon Staley and her attorney, at the last hearing. It is clear that this petition is filed as retaliation for the justified firing of the defendant Ms. Staley for her involvement in an illegal drug operation at her residence.”

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