Brian Nieves: Protection Order Hearing for Today Postponed

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A protection order hearing involving state Rep. Brian Nieves scheduled for today in Cole County Circuit Court has been pushed back. 

Michael Byrne, attorney for plaintiff Shawn Bell, tells Daily RFT that he recently filed an amended petition to the case in which his client accuses Nieves of assaulting him.

"Mr. Nieves' attorney wanted a chance to review the new petition and asked for a continuance," explains Byrne.

Last week Byrne subpoenaed Nieves' wife, Julie, to testify at the protection order hearing. Among the allegations Bell made in a complaint to the Washington police department is that Nieves forced him to call his wife and apologize for actions taken during a primary campaign in which Bell worked for one of Nieves' opponents.