It gets stranger and stranger
A new twist in the incredible ongoing JACC saga: As if circumstances aren’t already strange enough, attorney Kristi McNeilly, who has been defending some of the key players in JACC affairs — is now being charged with “aggravated first-degree witness tampering, tampering with a witness in the first degree, and terroristic threats, all felonies,” with $100,000 bail — in a separate case, according to a Star Tribune story that went online last night.
Previously, McNeilly represented former JACC ED Jerry Moore in a failed attempt for a restraining order against board member Daniel Rother. Moore, who was fired after pulling punches against neighbors, is currently suing blogger Johnny Northside and commenter Donald Allen for defamation and biased reporting, as I’ve previously noted here and here. Currently, McNeilly is backing up Ben Myers, the ex-JACC chair who is suing some Jordan community members for defamation. I should also point out that there is yet another legal battle pending, in which old JACC board members are challenging the new ones, with a resolution expected soon.
It’s a convoluted tale, but the gist of it is this: McNeilly became romantically-involved with Trinis Derrelle Edwards, who was her client in a domestic assault case concerning his wife Lori. Now she’s facing charges of witness tampering and of paying Lori off, to either not testify or lie, the Strib story states. Payment to Lori supposedly includes housing, alcohol and drugs. Further, McNeilly allegedly threatened her witnesses, who happen to be her father and brother.
More to come soon.