Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2004

City attorney disputes charge

April 8, 2004

An attorney representing John Thompson -- the city of Basehor's attorney for 19 years -- said his client would fight charges leveled against him in Leavenworth County District Court.

Thompson is charged in district court with domestic battery. The charge stems from an alleged incident involving Thompson's ex-wife, Marie Thompson, at John Thompson's Leavenworth home Saturday, March 20.

"He'll absolutely plead not guilty," said Carl Cornwell, Thompson's attorney. "It didn't happen."

Cornwell said he and Thompson are in the process of "actively investigating the case," in an effort to prove "exactly what occurred on the date in question."

He said it would not be prudent to discuss specifics of the case until it goes to trial. However, the Olathe attorney said he fully expects a "not guilty" verdict when the case is concluded.

"We're confident that when the facts are presented to a jury, John will prevail," Cornwell said.

On March 22, a Leavenworth County judge granted Thompson a temporary protection order from Marie Thompson. She is not to come near Thompson, his children or property, according to the protection order.

Marie Thompson may contest the protection order at a hearing later this month.

Basehor city officials said they would not comment on the case against their attorney or his future as the city's legal representation. Cornwell said Thompson would continue working for the city until notified otherwise.

Thompson has not made a first appearance and a timeline for court appearances has not yet been scheduled.

Leavenworth County prosecutor Pat Cahill said an outside judge must be found to preside over the case before it moves forward.

"Since (Thompson) is an attorney in Leavenworth County, we need a judge outside this county," Cahill said.

The city attorney is a position annually appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The appointments generally take place in May.

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