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Senator's Son Seeks New Trial on Police Battery Charge

An attorney for Senator Bill Nelson's son is seeking a new trial for allegedly shoving a police officer.

Kirk Kirkconnell says Charles Nelson's trial was not fair, in
part because of a prosecutor's comments.

Nelson was scheduled for sentencing Tuesday after being
convicted last month of battery on a law-enforcement officer and
resisting arrest without violence.

The charges stem from a confrontation that occurred after Bill Nelson's re-election party in November.

Police say Charles Nelson was trying to carry a woman who had
passed out on a sidewalk and pushed an officer after he was ordered to put her down. His lawyers say he didn't realize the person he pushed was a police officer.

Sentencing is now set for September 14th, though the judge is reviewing the request for a new trial. Thirty-one-year-old Nelson
faces up to six years in prison.


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