Former attorney found guilty of assaulting crime reporter

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Uncategorized
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More from the wonderfully wacky crime world of ace Las Cruces Sun-News reporter Ashley Meeks.

In this isntance, she didn’t byline the story, she was the story.

I’ll let the Sun-News article from Thursday explain:

LAS CRUCES – Marjorie Reese Stewart, 75, a retired attorney from Kingston, N.M., was convicted Wednesday afternoon of a misdemeanor assault charge after a bench trial before U.S. Magistrate Judge William P. Lynch in federal court in Las Cruces.

Reese Stewart remains on conditions of release pending her sentencing hearing, which has yet to be set. At sentencing, Reese Stewart faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail, a $5,000 fine, and five years probation.

Reese Stewart was charged Sept. 29 with physically assaulting Las Cruces Sun-News crime reporter Ashley Meeks in the federal courthouse in Las Cruces on Sept. 19, immediately following a hearing in which Reese Stewart was denied pre-trial custody of her grandson, one of four family members charged with selling 34 weapons and thousands of dollars of ammunition to undercover agents and a Mexican cartel member turned government informant between 2010 and this July. All have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

After the hearing, while Meeks was standing outside the courtroom, Reese Stewart walked out of the courtroom and elbowed the reporter “hard” in the stomach.

Shortly thereafter, as Meeks approached Bev Courtney, of the American Gun Culture Club of Las Cruces, who had attended the hearing, Reese Stewart grabbed Meeks by the neck and left shoulder and shoved her away from the female without saying a word to the reporter. Reese Stewart walked away after speaking briefly with Courtney.

Courthouse video showed the assault and the conviction, really, was a slam dunk.

Knowing how those damn pesky reporters work, I’m sure Meeks absolutely had it coming, running into that 75-year-old woman’s elbow outside the courtroom and then throwing her neck and shoulder into the woman’s arm to make it look as though she was being assaulted while conducting an interview.

Damn dirty media and all their tricks!

Here is the LCSN article (I copy and pasted a good portion above because the LCSN takes their stories down off their main site after a couple of weeks for archiving, but for now, go give ’em a click):

  1. […] the sentencing of 75-year-old Marjorie Reese Stewart, the 75-year-old disgruntled reader/grandma who assaulted Meeks in a federal courthouse in September. Stewart on Thursday was sentenced to one year of probation, a […]

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