DiSalvo pleads not guilty to assault | AspenTimes.com

DiSalvo pleads not guilty to assault

Naomi Havlen

The chief of investigations for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery in municipal court Wednesday.Joe DiSalvo was with his lawyer, Pamela Mackey, for the brief court appearance. Mackey, who is representing Kobe Bryant in his sexual assault case, requested a jury trial.She told Judge John Collins that due to her schedule, DiSalvo would wave his right to a speedy trial within 90 days. A pretrial conference was set for Oct. 7 at 9 a.m.The investigator was cited by Aspen police after allegedly punching a man at Jimmy’s restaurant last month. DiSalvo maintains it was self-defense.The Aspen City Council appointed Collins, a Basalt judge, to the case on Monday evening. Judge Brooke Peterson, who usually oversees municipal court proceedings, recused himself two weeks ago, citing a conflict of interest because of a long-standing friendship with DiSalvo.According to police reports, DiSalvo was having dinner with his wife and friends in the restaurant’s bar when two women came in and started looking on the floor for an earring. DiSalvo told police he threw several dollars on the floor as a joke, which upset one of the women.The women told their friend, Thomas Drake, about the incident, and Drake approached DiSalvo. DiSalvo told police he felt that Drake was very threatening and was going to hit him, so he punched him.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com

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