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 […]
I agree that it is unlikely that Norm McAllister woke up one day at the age of 60+ and became a serial abuser.
The state senator’s trial on a second set of sexual misconduct charges is scheduled for three days starting Aug. 10. His first trial ended with the charges being dropped.
She said she fears that state Sen. Norm McAllister’s trial on sexual assault charges has had a chilling effect on potential witnesses in other cases.
A lawyer for the young woman who accused Sen. Norm McAllister of rape said the prosecution dropped the charges this month after learning the woman “had not been truthful about a collateral issue” during his trial.