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    Pretrial motions delay judge's trial

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published July 19, 2002

    The California criminal trial of Pasco-Pinellas Circuit Judge Charles W. Cope has been delayed until the end of September as lawyers deal with pretrial motions in the case, said Lisa Poll, a Monterey County deputy district attorney.

    Cope was charged with five misdemeanors: battery, prowling, peering into an inhabited dwelling, petty theft and aggravated trespassing.

    Police said Cope had been drinking while in Carmel, Calif., in April 2001, to attend a judicial conference. He is accused of trying to get into the hotel room of two women he had met there and trying repeatedly to kiss one of the women during a walk on the beach.

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