Attorney Ian Friedman secured an early courtroom victory this week for
his client Jeffery Martin. Martin, 55, is a retired Pepper Pike police
officer who now stands accused of rape, sexual battery, impersonating
officers, menacing by stalking, and other charges.
As Cleveland.com reports, Martin's original bond was set at a staggering $5 million following
his arrest. That number was determined by a Bedford Municipal Court judge
on December 14, 2015, under the condition that it would be lowered if
Martin's home was emptied of weapons.
This week, Attorney Friedman appeared with Martin in Cuyahoga County Common
Pleas Court before Judge Nancy Margaret Russo and established Martin's
family's compliance with the weapons request. In response, Judge Russo
reduced Martin's bond to $150,000, allowing him to wait for his trial
outside of jail.
Martin is accused of impersonating both a Pepper Pike officer and a private
investigator to stalk a woman and follow her to Ursuline College last
November. On December 7, the woman went to Bedford Police Department to
report that she had been attacked and raped by Martin. Martin had also
followed her on that errand, as well, according to court records.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Brian Deckert, serving as special prosecutor
in Martin's case, argued against the bond reduction, saying that Martin
had demonstrated a "disregard for the victim's well-being."
Attorney Friedman disagreed, however, reminding the court that the matter
remains a "he-said, she-said" situation until the facts can
be parsed during Martin's trial.
If you have been accused of a criminal act,
Ian N. Friedman invites you to contact his team today. Attorney Friedman is one of the
most accomplished and sought-after criminal defense lawyers in greater
Cleveland. He has built his reputation on providing hard-hitting defense
against the state's allegations and favorable results for his clients.
We're ready to hear your side of the story. Contact us today to request a
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