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It gets stranger and stranger

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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.

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Written by annapratt

July 10, 2009 at 12:53 pm

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  1. In regard to the resolution “expected soon” in the JACC case…there was talk of some kind of resolution around the 4th of July but nothing has come down quite yet. My sources in Jordan are almost climbing the walls for a resolution…but in a good way, I should say, because they’re expecting some kind of victory which will allow the neighborhood to move forward.

    Johnny Northside

    July 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    • Yes, the judge has denied the application for a temporary injunction against the new JACC leadership (just wrote a brief post, with more to come shortly).

      annapratt

      July 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm

  2. […] Myers was being represented by Kristi McNeilly, who has recently been charged with “aggravated first-degree witness tampering, tampering with a witness in the first degree, and terroristic threats, all felonies,” with $100,000 bail, as I wrote in an earlier post. […]

  3. […] charges stem from a situation in which McNeilly hooked up with Trinis Derrelle Edwards, who was her client in a domestic assault case. McNeilly allegedly paid off Edwards’ wife Lori […]


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