Herald JournalHerald Journal, June 2, 2003

Borrell hearing continued

By Julie Yurek

The omnibus hearing scheduled for May 23 for Representative Dick Borrell was rescheduled to Friday, June 20 at Borrell's request, said Meeker County Attorney Michael Thompson.

Borrell requested the continuance because he is still in legislative session, Thompson said.

Borrell is charged with two gross misdemeanor counts false political campaign advertising relating to the 2002 fall election in which he was elected.

"The omnibus hearing is designed to resolve pre-trial issues," Thompson said.

For example, motions to make certain evidence inadmissable in court may be made at the omnibus hearing, he said.

"If there are no motions made, then often judges will turn it into a pre-trial conference, explore settlement possibilities; that kind of thing," Thompson said.

If Borrell is found guilty, there is a possibility that he may have to give up his Senate seat, Thompson said.

It will be up to a judge to make that determination, he added.

If found guilty, the maximum penalty Borrell faces is a $3,000 fine and/or one year in jail.

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