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Adams fights subpoena over officer’s testimony

May 26, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Attempts to involve Adams Township and its police department in a domestic dispute were characterized as “unduly annoying, embarrassing, burdensome and expensive” in a court filing.

Michael Gallagher, Adams Township’s solicitor, requested in a May 18 filing that Butler County Common Pleas Judge William Robinson nullify a subpoena filed by a private attorney that would require an Adams Township officer to appear at a protection from abuse hearing scheduled before the judge. Gallagher further requested the township be awarded $1,190 for legal fees.

The protection from abuse order request was made by a man who brought the case against his wife, according to court documents. The man’s lawyer, Jennifer Pullar, subpoenaed the Adams Township Police Department to request an officer testify at the hearing, which was scheduled for May 19.

In her subpoena, Pullar requested Adams Township Sgt. Edward Lenz to “attend and testify” at the hearing.

The Butler-based family attorney said she never encountered resistance for this type of request.

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appeared in Wednesday’s Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to read the full article.

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