The Aberdeen Municipal Court has granted Frank Gordon and his attorney Jack Micheau a change of venue in the case of Aberdeen V. Frank Gordon at the pre-trial hearing this morning.

Pro Tem Judge Christopher Coker said, “I think that a change of venue motion may be appropriate just because some of the news things that have been out there, so I’m granting that motion.” Coker recommended an Olympia court, Micheau agreed also noting that much of the media at issue reaches into Pacific county.

Coker said that Gordon’s right to a speedy trial was at issue, Micheau presented a temporary waiver that reset the 45-day clock. The judge set another date locally for January 18th, to review the matter and present a date from Olympia.

Grays Harbor County Commissioner Frank Gordon pleaded not guilty to allegations of defacing political advertising on November 15, 2016. The misdemeanor of removing a campaign sign is punishable by no more than 90 days in jail and/or a fine of no more than $1,000 per sign.

We’ll have more details in a story tomorrow morning.