One Trial for Charges Against Michael Gardner

By FALLS CHURCH TIMES STAFF

August 21, 2011

The three charges of sexual abuse brought against Michael Gardner will be tried jointly.

The Arlington Circuit Court has granted a motion to combine the counts into a single trial.  During a hearing on July 21 defense attorney Peter Greenspun raised the possibility of trying the charges separately, but the Court last Thursday ruled in favor of the prosecution. 

Mr. Gardner is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one of object sexual penetration.  The offenses, involving two girls age 10 and one age 9, allegedly occured in the Gardner home on June 16 and 18.  He was arrested by Falls Church Police on June 22.

The proceedings are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, October 3, in Courtroom 10-D of the Arlington County Courthouse.  In July, Mr. Greenspun said that he expected the trial to last four days.

Blueweeds, Mr. Gardner’s often visited and sometimes controversial blog, had remained on-line for several weeks after his arrest.  However, it now appears that the site is no longer accessible.  He had last posted on the blog in June 2010.  Blueweeds, which debuted in July 2006, offered commentary on events in Falls Church City and, occasionally, on state and national affairs.

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August 21, 2011 

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