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Suspended Hope Town Marshal Randy Bailey says he is the victim of a smear campaign.
WCSI correspondent and publisher of the Hope Star-Journal, Larry Simpson, was recently in contact with Bailey's attorney, Thomas Barr.
Barr says that the accusations leveled at his client by Hope resident Anthony Paul are false. Bailey was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with official misconduct and false informing in an incident in which he is accused of falsifying statements to get Paul falsely arrested after the two had words twice within several hours.
Bailey's arrest was due in large part to audio recordings Paul secretly obtained during these confrontations. These recordings were shared with the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department almost one year later. Barr says these recordings were tampered with by Paul and that his client is being framed.
The issue began last year when Bailey and a deputy went to Paul's home with a portable breathalyser. Barr says Paul is to be checked periodically for alcohol use prior to visits with his children as part of a divorce decree agreement with his former wife. According to police reports, Paul was intoxicated and belligerent, leading Bailey to threaten him with a taser in an effort to calm him down.
The following morning, Paul allegedly went to Bailey's home to talk to him about their previous meeting. Bailey ordered Paul off his property several times, threatening him with bodily harm in the process. Barr says that during the second confrontation, Paul threatened to kill Bailey, but that is missing from the recordings. As Paul drove away, Bailey alerted area law enforcement to the alleged death threat and asked for Paul to be stopped.
When Paul was stopped, police found a loaded handgun and a digital recorder in the vehicle. Paul was then arrested and was facing considerable prison time if convicted. Once Paul's clandestine recordings became known to Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash, Bailey was arrested and all charges against Paul were dropped.
Barr said "...it comes down to it this: Do we believe this man, a decorated police officer, or a man who has to pass a sobriety test to see his children, gets belligerent with police officer lawfully at his house pursuant to a court order, and then shows up at that officer’s home first thing the next morning to give him a "piece of his mind?"
Bailey's legal issues will be dealt with over the next few months. Simpson says a pre-trial conference is scheduled for Nov. 18. A change of plea hearing is set for Dec. 2 and the trial itself is scheduled to begin Dec. 17.
Last Updated: Sunday, November 03, 2013 6:11:51 AM
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