Paul Rolly writes " Getting more bizarre: Salt Lake City Prosecutor Sim Gill filed trespassing charges against Republican dissident Mike Ridgway on Tuesday. This despite Salt Lake County Republican Chairman James Evans' fear that Ridgway, a persistent thorn in the party's side, would escape charges because Gill is a Democrat. Ridgway, who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006, was booked into the Salt Lake County jail on Friday on charges of violating a protective order, stalking and criminal trespass. He was arrested when Republican officials solicited help from the police to remove him from a GOP executive committee meeting. Because of his alleged disruptive behavior, he has been banned from leadership positions in the party and banished from their meetings. One party activist has a protective order requiring Ridgway to stay away from him and his family. I erroneously said in my blog Monday that Ridgway had bailed out. Actually, he has remained in jail since Friday."
All this is news to my wife and I who have a protective order against Ridgway. The Salt Lake City Police were kind enough to let us know that Ridgway was going to be released last night, and if he showed up anywhere close to our home to call 911 and they would come and pick him back up. Messages left with the Mr. Gill's office have not been returned as of Wednesday morning.