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REGINALD D. PLATO AND (QUALIFIED ELECTORS) v. RICHARD CALIGUIRI (MAYOR) (08/18/81)

decided: August 18, 1981.

REGINALD D. PLATO AND (QUALIFIED ELECTORS), APPELLANTS
v.
RICHARD CALIGUIRI (MAYOR), APPELLEE



Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County in the case of Reginald D. Plato and (Qualified Electors) v. Richard Caliguiri (Mayor), No. GD 80-05616.

COUNSEL

Reginald D. Plato, appellant, for himself and others.

Marvin A. Fein, Associate City Solicitor, with him Mead J. Mulvihill, Jr., City Solicitor, for appellee.

Judges Mencer, Blatt and MacPhail, sitting as a panel of three.

Author: Per Curiam

[ 61 Pa. Commw. Page 345]

Reginald D. Plato and other qualified electors of the City of Pittsburgh (appellants) have appealed from an order of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County which dismissed a petition for the impeachment of Mayor Richard Caliguiri and ordered the petition stricken from the court docket. We affirm.

The petition in question was filed by the appellants on March 6, 1980. It contained the following general statement:

We the undersigned electors of the City of Pittsburgh, wish to file these Articles of Impeachment and Removal, Subject, to be Mayor Richard Caliguiri, as provided for in the Preamble and Articles, in the document known as and described as (Charter) City of Pittsburgh effective January 1976. We, the undersigned, believe this Petition is allowable and provided for under Article 8, sections 806 and 807 alleging violations

[ 61 Pa. Commw. Page 346]

    of the Charter. We have every reason to believe that the good people and citizens of this great city of Pittsburgh will embrace and support the spirit and full meaning of the charter and farthermore the spirit be encompassed by people of good will of all shadings and genders, and beginnings (ethnic backgrounds) and endorsed by citizens from all walks of life.

This, to make a better Pittsburgh!

(Parentheticals and grammatical errors in original.)

This statement is followed by 100 signatures, complete with address, occupation, political affiliation, and date. The first signature is that of Reginald D. Plato. Appended to the petition is a three-page statement of grievances, also ...


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