BIG CUT MINE owners Richard Churches, left, and Joseph Hardesty, right, meet with Churches' attorney Glenn Peterson before their court appearance on March 1. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene


Demurrer filed in Big Cut Mine case

By From page A3 | March 04, 2013

The two men in charge of the Big Cut Mine appeared in court Monday to announce a demurrer had been filed.

Joseph Hardesty and Richard Churches sat in the audience as Churches’ attorney, Glenn Peterson, told Judge Daniel B. Proud that a demurrer — a document intended to have the charges dismissed — had been filed that morning in response to a Grand Jury indictment against the two men.

Being that it would likely be the same as the demurrer filed against the original charges from the District Attorney’s Office, deputy DA Mike Pizzuti said it would take about two weeks to read and file a response. Proud noted that, after that, the defense would have until March 22 to file a reply to the opposition.

A hearing was scheduled for March 29 at 1:30 p.m. in Department 2 for further proceedings.

Cole Mayer

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