Lamphier trial postponed again
A child porn trial involving a former Nevada County supervisor that was set to start in less than two weeks has been postponed again, possibly until mid-February.
Terry Lamphier has been charged with three counts of having or possessing digital obscene images of a person younger than 18.
The criminal investigation against Lamphier was sparked by an anonymous letter just a week before the Nov. 4, 2014, election in which he was running for a seat on the Grass Valley City Council; investigators reportedly found images of “very young girls” on his workplace computer.
Lamphier — who said he did not knowingly click on, visit or download any inappropriate material from child porn sites — won a seat on the council in November but resigned two days after he was sworn in. He faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail on each count, and potentially could be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Lamphier’s trial was originally set to begin in August but his attorney, Stephen Munkelt, was granted a postponement to Nov. 17 so a forensic expert could analyze his computers.
But on Friday in Nevada County Superior Court, Munkelt requested another delay, saying that his expert had not been able to schedule a time to come in and download material from two hard drives and analyze it.
Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Dix said she was “frustrated” at the repeated delays, adding, “We have a right to a speedy trial as well.”
“It’s been a step by step process of addressing hurdles,” Munkelt said, explaining that his expert had undergone several surgeries and that authorization for extra funds had also caused a delay.
Judge Robert Tice-Raskin noted that the competing interests both had compelling reasons but ended up granting another continuance in the trial, adding that he wanted some specific commitments from Munkelt.
A status conference was set for Nov. 16 to set a trial date. Tice-Raskin indicated he would prefer a December date although Munkelt said February might be more realistic.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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