McIver pleads not guilty to assault
Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver this afternoon pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault for an alleged altercation with his...
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver this afternoon pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree assault for an alleged altercation with his wife a week ago.
McIver, 66, was arrested early last Wednesday after he came home intoxicated and angry and repeatedly grabbed his wife by the throat during what she described as a "profane tirade," say Seattle police. Someone in the McIver house called 911 and hung up, and police came to the house.
State law requires police to arrest whom they determine to be the aggressor in domestic-violence incidents, and police arrested McIver, although noting in their report that his wife had no physical signs of injuries.
During a hearing last Thursday, McIver was ordered released on his personal recognizance. Although McIver's wife of 34 years, Marlaina Kiner-McIver, did not request a no-contact order, District Court Judge Linda Thompson prohibited him from contacting her for two weeks.
McIver was appointed to the City Council in 1997 to complete the term of John Manning, a former police officer who resigned after pleading guilty to domestic violence. McIver was then elected to a four-year term in 1997, and in 2001 and 2005.
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