Defense Requests More Information in Counihan Case

A status hearing for the former Executive Director of the Door County Humane Society was held in Door County Circuit Court Wednesday. Thirty nine year old Carrie Counihan is charged with one count of theft from a business setting and multiple charges of identity theft related to the use of a credit card. Counihan has said she is not guilty. Court documents allege that she misappropriated close to $23,000 of the organization’s funds during her time as executive director and used the funding for herself. During the status conference, her attorney, Eric Wimmer of Green Bay, indicated that the theft charge was so vague as to make it difficult for him to mount a proper defense. Wimmer also requested access to additional prosecution materials related to the case. He told Judge Peter Diltz that he is awaiting information from Counihan’s credit card company and has been having trouble accessing information from the humane society’s computer system due to lost records. Judge Diltz gave District Attorney Ray Pelrine two weeks to respond to the motions and Wimmer a week to answer Pelrine’s conclusions. Another status hearing was set for November 2nd.

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