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Comedian Ruled Not Guilty of Sexual Assault in MN Bench Trial

Michael Colich successfully defended a comedian visiting Minnesota for a comedy show. See the article here:

http://beverlypress.com/2014/06/comedian-not-guilty-of-sexual-assault/

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Comedian not guilty of sexual assault

Comedian Adam Richmond, of West Hollywood, was found not guilty on June 17 of two felony counts of sexual assault stemming from an incident that occurred last July 29 in Bloomington, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis.

Judge Daniel Mabley, of Minnesota’s 4th Judicial District Court, found Richmond not guilty of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct and 4th degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies, and one count of indecent exposure, a misdemeanor. Richmond had requested a bench trial instead of a jury trial — an option provided to defendants under Minnesota state law. A spokesperson for the judicial court who declined to be identified said the official ruling states that the judge determined the “state has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant acted without consent.” Media reports stated that there were inconsistencies in the statements provided to police by both the defendant and the victim.

Attempts to reach Richmond were unsuccessful. His attorney, Michael Colich, said the comedian feels vindicated, as the incident has damaged his career and reputation.

"I can tell you Adam Richmond maintained his innocence throughout this case,” Colich said. “It is my impression that after the judge heard all of the evidence, it was clear to him no crime had occurred. It was poor decision making on Adam’s part, it was poor decision making on the female’s part, but there was no crime."

Chuck Laszewski, a spokesman for the Hennepin County District Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case, declined to comment on the outcome.

Richmond had been charged with sexually assaulting a hostess at comedy club in which he was appearing at the Mall of America. According to the criminal complaint, the victim agreed to let Richmond accompany her to her residence after one of the comedy shows, and the victim, her two roommates and Richmond drank an unspecified number of alcoholic beverages. The victim told police that Richmond made inappropriate comments and attempted to grab her, according to the criminal complaint. After her roommates went to bed, Richmond allegedly fondled the victim and followed her into the kitchen, prosecutors alleged. She told the suspect to leave and called him a taxi, but the comedian allegedly pinned her up against a stove. The victim allegedly kicked Richmond in the groin and was able to flee outside. He reportedly attacked her again outside, and the victim was able to kick him again and run back inside and call 911. The criminal complaint states that prior to police arriving, Richmond left in a taxi.

Bloomington Police Department officers later arrested Richmond at a Ramada hotel. During a recorded interview with police, Richmond allegedly stated that he “was maybe a little aggressive. I tried to kiss her, I might have grabbed her.” The complaint also states that the defendant’s blood alcohol level was measured at .17, and that the defendant admitted to exposing himself to the victim and wrestling with the victim in a manner he described as “flirtatious.”

Laszewski added that with the judge’s ruling, the case is now closed.