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Jan 25, 2010 9:25 PM by Stacy Daniel

Councilman Ed Arnold enters plea on assault charges

Ed Arnold appeared in court today for the first time since being charged with domestic violence.
The 44 year-old couldn't avoid media attention as he stepped up to answer to the charges filed against him by a 28-year-old woman. The unidentified woman at the center of this case says the Arroyo Grande city council man beat her with a club. She's accusing Arnold of other crimes that include, assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats.
Speaking on behalf of his client, attorney Ilan Funke-Bilu says Arnold is a well respected member of the city council and the community and will be absolved of all the charges against him. Funke-Bilu says, "My client is a good man. He's an honorable man and he's not guilty of any of these offenses."
Monday's court proceedings are separate from the civil case Arnold has pending against him. His wife has also accused him of domestic violence and other similar offenses. She along with the other woman have restraining orders against Arnold.
Before Arnold got caught up in a real life courtroom drama he was a popular city councilman. But now, Arroyo Grande residents aren't so sure about him. Naomi Harris says, "I think it's unusual to say the least. But, you're not guilty until you're proven otherwise."
So, the jury is still out when it comes to whether he will be able to salvage his career as an elected official.
Arnold is due back in court on March 3rd.
Arnold did not show up to the last city council meeting. His lawyer says Arnold will attend tomorrow's meeting. A council member can only be removed from his post if he misses all of the council meetings without permission in a 60 day period.


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