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Cherokee Impeachment Trial Likely to Start After Election

Posted August 12, 2003 6:05 a.m. EDT

— The impeachment of two top leaders in the Eastern Band of Cherokees won't start until after next month's election of new tribal leaders.

Principal Chief Leon Jones and former Tribal Council chairman Bob Blankenship face impeachment after an investigation alleged the two men used the tribe's enrollment list for political gain.

The council started impeachment proceedings last week. The council heard on Monday from tribal members who spoke out about the impeachment.

The council also plans to take applications for a special prosecutor in the impeachment. The Aug. 28 deadline for attorneys interested in the job and the Sept. 8 interview date means the impeachment trial could start sometime after the September fourth election.