Trial begins for ex State Rep. Miles

January 12, 2009 10:22:34 AM PST
Jury selection is underway in the trial of former State Representative Boris Miles.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

He's accused of waving a gun and forcibly kissing someone in two separate incidents at an event last year.

The case involves three different charges. There are two disorderly conduct charges and one charge of unlawful possession of a firearm outside perimeters of his permit.

The case stems from a holiday party back in December of 2007. Miles is accused of threatening a business rival and waving a gun around at the party. He apparently was not an invited guest at the party at the St. Regis Hotel. According to eyewitnesses, Miles allegedly also forcibly kissed a woman who was attending the party.

The state plans to call eight to nine witnesses who were all at the party that night. The judge says he expects this case to last two to three days. Testimony is expected to begin later today.

Miles faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. He's represented by high-powered attorney Rusty Hardin.

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