Wednesday, March 31, 2004
A 48-year-old Steamboat Springs man who has gone through three court-appointed attorneys, was granted time to find a fourth.
Dale Rhys Jones appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday asking for time to find a new attorney after court-appointed attorney Leslie Goldstein said she could no longer represent him.
"We have fundamentally differing opinions," Goldstein told Routt County Judge James Garrecht.
Jones said he knew the court would not appoint him another attorney but asked for more time to come up with the financing to hire one.
On Aug. 2, Jones was charged with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and passing a vehicle where prohibited.
He later was arrested on a bail bond violation, which could come with a sentence of a year in prison.
On Nov. 12, Jones plead guilty to two of the Aug. 2 charges -- possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also plead guilty to driving while ability impaired.
A few weeks later, Jones withdrew his plea and asked for new defense council, who at the time was public defender Gail Morrison. In December, Eric Nordstrom was assigned to the case but then withdrew.
In February, Goldstein became his replacement. Goldstein told Garrecht that she had time to review the case, review the discovery, had traveled to the location of the arrest and reviewed her findings with Jones.
Goldstein asked to withdraw because she viewed the case differently than Jones.
Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James said he did not object to continuing the case so Jones could consult with another attorney.
St. James said that if another attorney tells Jones he was in the wrong, "he might begin to re-evaluate his position."
Also in Routt County Court on Wednesday, a 46-year-old man charged with sexually assaulting a child while he was in a position of trust had his case continued to April 28.
Also, a 21-year-old Wisconsin man plead guilty to disorderly conduct. Justin Paul Voskuil plead guilty to disorderly conduct and charges of possessing drug paraphernalia and harassment were dropped as part of a plea agreement.