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D.C. charges dropped against Jason Willett in hotel fuss

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JASON WILLETT: Charges dropped.
  • JASON WILLETT: Charges dropped.
I heard last night and a Facebook post from Jason Willett this morning now confirms that misdemeanor charges brought against Willett in 2010 at a Hyatt hotel in Washington, D.C. have been dropped. The former Arkansas Democratic Party chair wrote on Facebook:

Thanks to so many friends for your support over the last year regarding my unfortunate legal issues in Washingon DC. Misdeameanor charges of criminal tresspass, theft of property, and failure to appear dropped yesterday! Finally, the prosecutor looked at the evidence and yes, I was a paid guest of the Hyatt Hotel.

I'd checked D.C. Superior Court records early this morning on the case and found that Willett had rejected a plea deal in October and was scheduled for a non-jury trial Dec. 29. The record has now been updated to show the case was nolle prossed and the hearing next week canceled.

I've asked Willett by e-mail about what becomes now of the $250,000 civil lawsuit he brought against Hyatt. He was a guest at the hotel in the fall of 2010 and tried to charge drinks to his room, but a server didn't believe he was a guest. That set off a dispute that ended with Willett's arrest. Court records indicate that case is still pending, with a scheduling conference set Dec. 30.

UPDATE: Willett confirms in a note that the civil suit is still on. "Scheduling hearing set for December 30th and trial should be scheduled sometime early next year."

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