By BRIAN GRAVES
Judge Don Ash has ruled the motion to dismiss the 12 felony
counts against Sheriff …
Judge Don Ash has ruled the motion to dismiss the 12 felony counts against Sheriff Eric Watson has been denied.
The order was signed Dec. 14, and released Thursday afternoon.
However, according to Watson’s attorney, James Logan, a footnote in the judge’s order suggests the state may be still be required to submit proof that Watson “acted fraudulently.”
Watson was charged with six counts of “holding” certificates of title or certificates of registration, knowing the document to have been altered, forged or falsified and “using” certificates of title or certificate of registration, knowing the document to have been altered, forged or falsified.
Logan has asserted that “all people received good, clear titles as a result of these occurrences.”
The possibility remains for an appeal of the decision, but Logan said that possibility is under consideration.
Should the case go to trial, that would begin Jan. 22.
More details from the judge's ruling will be published in Friday’s print edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner,
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