Friday, July 30, 2010

Wildlife officials' court case continues

The five Ohio Division of Wildlife officials charged with committing felonies while performing their duties will have another court hearing August 4 as their attorneys work to clear their names.

Jessica A. Little - prosecutor for Brown County - said the officials will likely have to appear in court regarding a defense motion that centers around documentation generated by the Ohio Inspector General.

Defense attorneys charge the Inspector General still needs to release additional information, Little says.

"But the Inspector General says it's given everything it had. That's what the hearing is about," Little said.

As for the special prosecutor's work regarding Alan Wright - the state Wildlife officer assigned to Brown County - Little said she is unaware of any action or movement.

"I honestly do not know. David Kelly is handling that and I'm staying out of it. We'll just have wait and see what happens," Little said.

Little said also that if the entire matter involving the Wildlife Division officials appears convoluted that is because it is complex, involving any number of legal questions.

"Oh, my gosh, yes," she said.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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