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.