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.
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