Thursday, August 28, 2008
Robinson receives change of venue
Rep. Bradley Robinson, D-Bonne Terre's felony leaving the scene of an accident trial will not take place in St. Francois County.
Judge Scott Thomsen ruled Monday that Robinson's trial will be held in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County.
Robinson, 42, was allegedly driving his pickup on Jan. 1 when he struck a man, severely injuring him. Surveillance video purportedly shows Robinson and his wife changing places to make it appear that Robinson's wife Tara was driving, and then leaving the scene. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, five passengers in the pickup have been granted immunity in exchange for their testimony against the Robinsons.
Court records indicate Tara Robinson's trial will be held Sept. 4, a postponement from the original July 18. Mrs. Robinson is charged with a misdemeanor, making a false declaration.
Bradley Robinson will be represented by one of St. Louis' most powerful defense lawyers, Travis Noble, a former policeman and drug agent, who has earned a reputation for winning DWI cases (the Robinson cases involves no DWI allegations).
Robinson is not seeking re-election.