High-Ranking Iowa Government Official Arrested for Assault
An incident last Friday night at a central Iowa bar got 64-year-old Jeffrey Thompson into a bit of hot water, according to the Des Moines Register.
Thompson is the state's solicitor general. The short answer to what his job is, according to the Register, would be that he is a "member of the state Attorney General's Office and represents the state's interest in legal cases as the deputy attorney general." He might need an attorney of his own after The Register says that he was charged with assault, a simple misdemeanor, in the disturbance at Blazing Saddle bar in Des Moines' East Village. Thompson was reported to have taken "several swings" at the bouncer there that evening.
A judge ordered Thompson not to have contact with the victim and he was released on a $300 cash bond, after pleading not guilty on Monday. He could face up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $855.
His office seems to be half-heartedly vouching for Thompson, with Attorney General Tom Miller's chief of staff Lynn Hicks saying
Jeff has done incredible work for our office and in service to the state. This is a private matter that Jeff will have to address.
A solid show of support, for sure. 🙄
The Hawk Eye says Thompson's pretrial conference is set for May 3.
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