Defense Requests More Time in Counihan Case

Another status hearing in the case of Carrie Counihan, the former Executive Director of the Door County Humane Society, who is charged with multiple felony counts of theft from a business setting and identity theft, was held in Door County Circuit Court this week. The 39-year old Door County woman is accused of bilking the organization and its animal shelter of more than $23,000 over a ten year period. During court proceedings this week, Defense Attorney Eric Wimberger of Green Bay joined, District Attorney Ray Pelrine and Judge Peter Diltz for a discussion of unresolved issues. Wimberger said the charge related to theft from a business setting was ambiguous and he needed more time to sift through hundreds of pages of receipts and credit card pages. Judge Diltz questioned how much time it would take to get the background work done, noting that, given his planned retirement, a reserve judge may be needed to hear the case. Wimberger indicated that a computer backup has some of the documents he is seeking and requested that the materials be kept beyond January 16th when they would be deleted. In the end, Judge Diltz said Wimberger’s request should be made in the form of a motion, that the two sides should talk on a regular basis in order to work out some of the issues that have arisen, and scheduled another status hearing for December 17th at 10:30AM.

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