Defense attorney claims Montgomery County judge lied, drugs found at her home
There are new allegations against a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge. Police say a former client turned lover abducted and assaulted her. The case is now in court, and in the pre-trial hearing on Friday, the judge's character was called into question.
The eye-opening claims against Judge Audrey Creighton were made by William Wallace, an attorney representing the man accused of kidnapping her.
Wallace was requesting a variety of documents he believed could possibly prove his claims against Judge Creighton. All but one request was denied by the trial judge, and outside the courthouse, the defense attorney refused to put his claims on the record.
Wallace spoke briefly with reporters outside the courtroom on Friday -- repeating his claim illegal drugs were found in the judge's home.
He also claimed a woman named Shelly Williams was asked by Judge Creighton to lie for her and he said he had emails to prove it.
But outside the courthouse with cameras recording, Wallace declined to repeat his claims.
"We really don't have any comment on it," said Wallace. "Thank you very much."
Wallace is defending Rickley Senning, who by the judge's own admission, was her lover.
But May 19 of last year, Senning is accused of abducting the judge, forcing her to drive at a high rate of speed down the county's back roads and assaulting her before coming to a stop in a Harris Teeter parking lot.
At Friday's hearing, Judge Creighton was represented by William Brennan, who successfully argued the defense had no right to what they were looking for. Brennan called it a fishing expedition, reminding the court Judge Creighton is a victim.
In another twist, FOX 5 reached out to the woman the defense says was asked by Judge Creighton to lie for her. She responded by saying, "I will NOT tell anything I know. Tell everyone that is trying to hurt her (expletive). Leave her alone she is not a bad person."
"They were certainly asking for a very wide range of things to come into the trial and our argument was the majority of things they are asking for were very broad and would be inadmissible at trial because they don't have anything to do with the incident in question," said John Erzen, spokesperson for the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office.
The state's attorney's office in Prince George's County is prosecuting the case in Montgomery County in order to avoid any semblance of a conflict.
Judge Creighton is back on the bench after being reelected in November.
She has so far made no public comments about the incident and is expected to testify at trial next month.
An attorney with the Commission on Judicial Disabilities, an agency with the power to investigate judges, also made an appearance on Friday, successfully arguing against allowing the disclosure of any documents it may have collected on Judge Creighton. Michelle McDonald said nothing would be made public unless and until charges were filed against the judge.