Shay Baker recall, Leavenworth, Kansas, 2009
At the time Baker was removed, a recall effort against her was underway. Baker came under fire for writing a letter supporting Bill Trinkle, who was indicted due to a massive drug bust. Trinkle was later sentenced to 20 years in prison for distribution of cocaine.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri filed a lawsuit against the city on Baker's behalf, alleging that the city and four city commissioners had violated Baker’s free speech and due process rights. In March 2011, the city agreed to pay Baker $2,000 in exchange for Baker's agreement to release the city of all claims related to the matter and forgo a legislative trip to Washington, DC.