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Crime

October 5, 2012

Madison circuit court news

RICHMOND — Mother in human-trafficking case seeks monthly check-ins rather than weekly

The attorney for Kathy Hart, accused along with her husband, Anthony Wayne Hart, for offering their minor daughters in exchange for money and other items, asked Madison Circuit Judge Jeanne Chenault Logue Thursday that Kathy’s mandatory weekly probation/parole check-ins be made monthly instead.

Logue asked several times why he was making this request for his client. Having to meet the weekly requirements was an inconvenience, and “She should have earned the court’s trust” by now, he said.

Hart and her husband are scheduled for a trial to begin Feb. 11.

“This isn’t 'Let's Make a Deal,” Logue said before denying the request.

Sex abuse case to be decided through mediation rather than trial

The case of a man accused of sex abuse and criminal abuse will be decided through mediation rather than going to trial.

Joseph Patrick Trotter, 46, of Lebanon, was indicted in April by a Madison grand jury on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and three counts of first-degree criminal abuse with the victim(s) being 12 years or younger, according to court records.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jennifer Smith told Madison Circuit Judge Jeanne C. Logue Thursday that “we may be lucky and get this done in November.”

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