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Judge considers motion in Morrissey case


A judge says he needs to review the arguments before deciding if the indictments against Del. Joe Morrissey should be dismissed. The politician faces felony charges stemming from an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

The hearing between Morrissey's defense team and special prosecutor Bill Neely took three hours. Taking up majority of the time, a motion to dismiss the indictments against the delegate and dismissing Neely from the case.

There was comment from Morrissey outside the courthouse. Inside, Morrissey's lawyers tried to argue Neely broke laws of the court by making the Bill of Particulars, a document summarizing the evidence, available to the special grand jury while they were deliberating.  

The team of lawyers also brought in four witnesses, including a man Neely once prosecuted, to try to prove Neely had a vendetta against Morrissey and was not seeking justice in this case.

Neely argued while he disdained Morrissey professionally, it was nothing personal citing he did offer Morrissey a plea deal to a misdemeanor charge prior to the special grand jury. Morrissey's lawyers say they expected this to happen Friday. 

"I know the judge will move it along for sure. He did not give a deadline," said Anthony Troy, Del. Morrissey's lawyer.

The judge did dismiss a motion to re-set the trial date. As of right now it's set for December 15. 

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