Tax collector's trial continued, lawyer speaks about case
George Hicks Jr.
CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -
Carlisle's tax collector, George Hicks Jr., was set to stand trial Monday morning. He is accused of selling drugs to an undercover police officer.
Last August, after police arrested Hicks for selling marijuana out of his office, he told members of the media that he used the drug to cope with the demands of his job.
"Seventy hours a week of stress as tax collector by myself and I like to have a little something at the end of the day," he told camera crews.
Monday, Hicks did not make any comments about his case to the media when he arrived at the Cumberland County Courthouse for the scheduled start of his jury trial.
Inside, his lawyer, Karl Rominger, asked Judge Tom Placey to continue the trial, stating evidentiary issues as the reason. Placey granted his request and set a new trial date for March 18.
Following the brief proceeding, Rominger explained why he made the request.
"I went down to see the district attorney and gave them the broad strokes of my defense," Rominger said. "He then disclosed to me that based on that defense he may have additional information that he may need to present."
When asked about his confidence in the outcome of the trial, Rominger said the issue in the case is with the law.
"The problem is, under our current law, the transfer of a small amount of marijuana is a felony. In many states nationwide, it's not a crime to possess marijuana anymore, in most of the world it's not, so hopefully Pennsylvania will come along," he said.
Rominger said he expects the outcome of this case will depend on how jurors feel about the drug.
"If jurors want to stand up and let their legislators know that maybe it's time to change the law, it will go okay," he said.
According to Carlisle Borough officials, Hicks will keep his title of tax collector until after the trial determines his guilt or innocence, though he is no longer authorized handle tax checks.