TUCSON — A Tucson city magistrate has scheduled an April 26 hearing on whether a state lawmaker can postpone proceedings in his domestic violence case until after the legislative session ends.
The Arizona Daily Star says the city magistrate also will decide on that day whether Tucson Democratic Rep. Daniel Patterson violated the terms of his release by contacting his former girlfriend.
Patterson was charged earlier this month with assault with intent to injure, unlawful imprisonment, disorderly conduct and harassment.
Patterson has denied wrongdoing and says his name will be cleared. He previously pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence charges in Tucson city court.
Meanwhile, fellow Democratic legislators have filed an ethics complaint against Patterson in connection with the allegations.