Guy Neighbors Motion for Release ( .PDF )
A Lawrence man, who last month was ordered to remain in jail until his trial in a federal stolen goods case, is asking a judge to reinstate his bond.
Cheryl Pilate, a defense attorney for Guy M. Neighbors, an owner of the Yellow House Store, 1904 Mass., has argued in a motion that Neighbors is not likely to miss court appearances or endanger other people if he is released.
U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara ruled in May that Neighbors posed a threat of “continued criminal defamation of government counsel and witnesses” for an April 22 e-mail he sent that accused prosecutors and police of corruption.
Neighbors and his wife, Carrie Neighbors, also an owner of the secondhand store, are accused of selling stolen goods and face 19 charges of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering in the 2007 case. The couple for more than three years have maintained their innocence and until last year frequently used Internet blogs as a forum to criticize prosecutors and police.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marietta Parker in a response to Pilate’s motion argued that Guy Neighbors should remain in custody until the October trial because his statements in the April 22 e-mail were rumors that could intimidate witnesses from testifying.
U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia has set a June 30 hearing in Kansas City, Kan., on the motion.