Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Robinson trial scheduled to start today

The felony trial date of former Rep. Bradley Robinson, D-Bonne Terre, who is charged with leaving the scene of an accident is scheduled to begin today in St. Louis County, where it is being heard on a change of venue.

Robinson, 42, was allegedly driving his pickup on Jan. 1, 2008, 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.

Robinson is 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).

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