Marlow, her political advisor Robert Trim and Cherokee GOP Secretary Barbara Knowles all pleaded not guilty to felony charges of making false statements that superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo tried run them over with his car.
Marlow’s attorney, Brian Steel, also told the court he had withdrawn a request he filed for the indictment to be overturned Oct. 24, arguing she was “denied her right” to appear before the grand jury when it indicted her and the others earlier in October. Steel said during the hearing Wednesday he had reconsidered and didn’t believe there were legal grounds for the request.
Meanwhile, the state’s request to institute a “gag order,” limiting all parties involved from speaking about the case publicly got shot down by Judge Ellen McElyea.
After hearing that attorneys for each of the defendants opposed that request, McElyea said all parties involved in the case had an interest to not have information that would compromise the proceedings leaked to the public.
The trio’s charges stem from the alleged incident outside the Painted Pig Tavern in downtown Canton on June 13, when Marlow, Trim and Knowles were walking to the tavern after a heated school board meeting. Since their arrests in July, all three have defended their innocence, as has Petruzielo.
Read the full story in Thursday’s Cherokee Tribune.