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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Ron Price appears in court: Round 1

The latest news from the ongoing scandal of elected school board candidate/admitted misdemeanor larceny offender Ron Price.

At 9 a.m. this morning Price showed up for his first court appearance in district court in Wentworth, stemming from his stealing the seven campaign signs from incumbent U.S. House candidate Brad Milller on the night before the election a few weeks ago. Based on reports I've received, not a whole lot happened. Price just had his attorney recognized by the court. He's next due to appear in court on January 25th: presumably then he'll have to answer to the charges.

So this doesn't change the fact that Price is probably going to be sworn in on December 11th... but without this thing having a quick resolution, it's going to be hanging around his neck like the proverbial dead albatross. And everyone is going to know it. He may legally have a seat, but Price definitely won't have the prestige and confidence from others that the rest of the candidates who were just elected will be enjoying. He's going to be a pariah and I really don't know if he's going to be able to make up for it. He should have pressed for a quick end to this thing. Instead it'll be hovering over his head every time he enters the school board meeting room.

As always, I'll post more on this story as it might develop. But with the next court date being January 25th it may be awhile...