Oregon Prosecutor Arraigned On Criminal Charges
Oct. 30, 1993
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) _ A district attorney pleaded innocent Friday to charges of framing two police officers and trying to intercede in traffic cases against her husband.
Supporters of Julie Leonhardt wore white ribbons and packed a courtroom during her arraignment.
Leonhardt, 37, remained free on her own recognizance. She refused to speak to reporters.
She was indicted Oct. 21 on 12 counts, including forgery, official misconduct and tampering with public records. If convicted of the most serious offenses, she could serve five years in prison and pay a $250,000 fine.
Circuit Judge James Gleeson, brought in from another county, set a pretrial hearing for Dec. 6 and scheduled trial for Feb. 8.
Leonhardt had claimed an informant, Scott Thompson, had information about drug crimes involving the two police officers, but no informant ever testified against the officers, according to the indictment.
Leonhardt allegedly contacted police to discuss a Jan. 15 traffic stop involving her husband, Andy Overby, and again in August after he was cited for reckless driving.