Louisiana City Council schedules impeachment hearing for Tuesday

Posted: Nov. 14, 2012 9:03 am Updated: Dec. 5, 2012 10:15 am

LOUISIANA, Mo. -- The Louisiana City Council will conduct an impeachment hearing next Tuesday that could lead to the ouster of Ward 3 member Robbyn Morris.

The hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Morris, owner of Louisiana's Robbyn's Nest gift shop, is accused of tape recording a closed session during the Sept. 10 meeting of the Louisiana City Council without permission. This action violates the Missouri Sunshine Law. However, Morris' attorney, Rex Bradley, contends the meeting had been illegally closed.

The closed session had been called to discuss Morris' behavior during a constituent issue. The Missouri Sunshine Law lists 21 reasons for closing meetings to the public, but reprimanding a public official is not among them. Meeting minutes show that Morris voiced an objection before the council went into closed session. The eight-person council voted 6-2 on Sept. 26 to bring impeachment proceedings against Morris.

Two impeachment hearings have been scheduled and canceled. Municipal Judge Bruce McGuire will rule on the admissibility of evidence, but council members will decided whether to remove Morris from office. The council will need six votes to impeach Morris.