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Workman Files a Motion to Dismiss Case Against Her

Workman Files a Motion to Dismiss Case Against Her

Posted - Sep. 16, 2004 at 3:57 p.m.



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Richard Piatt ReportingSalt Lake County Mayor Nancy Workman is trying a new strategy to rid herself of legal trouble. Her attorney is asking a judge to dismiss the two felony charges entirely.

This request to dismiss the charges is formal way of arguing the case against Workman isn't fair. But the new prosecutor in the case is already dismissing the motion to dismiss as desperate.

With no court date yet, Nancy Workman is keeping busy, attending events that get her out and about while her future is on hold.

Nancy Workman: “It’s good for me to get out. And I don’t want to run and hide. I don’t have anything to run and hide from.”

With the clock ticking toward Election Day, Workman's request to dismiss the charges comes with risk of further delay--the opposite of what she wants.

In the motion, Defense Attorney Greg Skordas claims the investigation and Special Prosecutor are too tied to the District Attorney. He claims prosecutor Michael Martinez is personally biased against Mayor Workman and should be removed from the case. Also, Martinez may have a conflict of interest since he acts as a defense attorney on other cases, affecting his status as a prosecutor, according to Skordas.

Greg Skordas, Workman Defense Attorney: "We don't want there to be an appearance of impropriety. So let’s start over and let someone take a fresh look at this case who has no axe to grind no political agenda."

Prosecutor Martinez calls the claims 'not true whatsoever'. Over the phone he told Eyewitness News, "I'm not anyone's lacky, and am acting with complete independence."

In the meantime, Workman keeps repeating her request for a fair trial, even if it takes an apology, as Martinez implied in court Tuesday.

Nancy Workman: "If I can get a trial date for the first of October, then I'll take an ad out on Channel 5 and we'll apologize for whatever he wants to be apologized for."

Martinez says he plans to request a gag order in the case to keep Workman and Skordas from talking about routine filings, like the Motion to Dismiss.

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