McAllister, “under the intense pressure of a plea negotiation taking place in the waning hours” before trial, may not have fully understood the ramifications. A trial will now be scheduled.
In the recording, McAllister discusses arrangements with the woman to trade sex for rent.
If the deal is nixed, the charges that McAllister would face could result in a lifetime prison term.
If McAllister is allowed to withdraw his plea, he will once again face the more serious charge of sexual assault, which carries a possible life sentence.
Channel 5 also says the ex-state senator talked about possibly firing his legal team. He pleaded no contest to three charges Tuesday, just before his second sexual assault trial.
The former state senator agreed to plead no contest to two counts of prohibited acts and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct.
Joe Benning yielded the post to Dustin Degree, citing the suspension of Sen. Norm McAllister a year ago as one source of disagreement within the seven-person caucus.
The sexual harassment rules were updated after former Senator Norm McAllister was accused of criminal sexual assault.
The defense will challenge the credibility of his accuser, according to court filings, as his attorneys did in an earlier trial that ended with those charges dropped.
Bernie Sanders bid for president, EB-5 scandal, Phil Scott’s election fall in the top three.
McAllister came in a distant third behind Sen. Dustin Degree and Rep. Carolyn Branagan.
Meanwhile, criminal charges against Sen. Norm McAllister loom in the background of a three-way race for two GOP nominations. The Democrats don’t face a primary.
ST. ALBANS — The second of two sexual assault trials for state Sen. Norm McAllister, which was set to begin next week, is being rescheduled for December, the Franklin County Superior Court clerk’s office confirmed. The state dropped rape and sexual misconduct charges in the first trial in June after the accuser in that case […]