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July 26, 2013

Molen’s defense attorneys ordered to stay on case

Judge denies defense team extension

Somerset —

A federal judge, citing worries of a delay in a tight trial schedule, has denied a requested extension from Pulaski County Deputy Steve Molen’s attorneys to determine whether to continue forward as his representation in the civil rights violations case against him. 
In an order filed on Wednesday, July 24 — two days after Lexington-based attorneys Patrick F. Nash and Joe Jarrell asked for more time to decide whether to withdraw from the case — U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves declined to extend the initial deadline for the motion of appearance. 
Nash and Jarrell have represented Molen since he was indicted by a federal grand jury on civil rights violations in late June. Nash appeared with Molen during his initial appearance in U.S. District Court on July 11 and emphasized to U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly A. Ingram that he wasn’t certain whether his team would continue in the case with Molen.
Ingram, noting that  Reeves intends to adhere to a tight schedule, had asked that the attorneys file a motion to withdraw from the case by Monday, July 22. 
“Mr. Molen does not have adequate resources to pay the legal fees quoted by the undersigned attorneys. But, he has consulted with a family member who does have the resources, and who has promised to provide those resources for Mr. Molen’s attorney fee,” stated the request, filed by Nash on Monday. “To date, despite the promise that family member has not done so.”
Nash stated in the request that the family member is in the process of liquidating certain assets and investments to help pay the defense fees — a process that should take approximately 14 days.
“Because the quoted legal fee has not been paid, the undersigned attorneys cannot enter their appearance on this date (July 22, 2013),” stated Nash in the request.

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