Hearing scheduled for Weyher in January | ParkRecord.com

Hearing scheduled for Weyher in January

For allegedly offering to give money to Democrat Josh Ewing if Ewing would withdraw from last summer’s Democratic primary election, Summit County Democratic Party chairman Rob Weyher faces a class B misdemeanor in Salt Lake County Justice Court for the crime of inducement not to become a candidate.

Weyher has pleaded not guilty to the charge and a pre-trial conference for Weyher was rescheduled from last week to Jan. 9, 2007, at 8:30 a.m.

Class B misdemeanors in Utah are punishable by $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

"[Weyher] offered me what amounts to a bribe to get out of the race," said Ewing, who competed June 27 against state Rep.-elect Christine Johnson, a Democrat who will represent some Snyderville residents in House District 25. "He essentially offered to make up all the personal money that I had already spent before then, which was a couple of thousand dollars."

The post currently held by Rep. Ross Romero, D-Salt Lake City, includes portions of Salt Lake City and the Snyderville Basin.

Weyher says he mentioned the offer in May to Ewing’s boss, Tom Love, of Love Communications, a public relations firm in Salt Lake City. Ewing and Love complained to prosecutors in Salt Lake and Summit counties about Weyher’s offer.

— Patrick Parkinson

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