Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Trial set for councilman accused of assault


Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver is now expected to face trial in December for an allegation that he assaulted his wife in their South Seattle home.

In a King County District Court hearing on Tuesday, Judge Linda Thompson set a hearing for Nov. 27 and the trial for the week of Dec. 10.

She will also consider whether police documents about the councilman's arrest should be released to the Seattle P-I, as the newspaper has requested, or whether a Superior Court judge should make that decision.

McIver, who did not attend Tuesday's hearing, has pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault. He is accused of grabbing his wife by the throat and arm in a drunken dispute Oct. 10. He spent two nights in jail but now remains free without bail.

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