A Unified Government ethics commissioner was found guilty on Tuesday, Aug. 6, of a battery against Unified Government Commissioner Ann Murguia.
Diana Aguirre, who serves on the UG Ethics Commission, was found guilty and fined $150 and court costs Tuesday in an appeal of a municipal court decision to Wyandotte County District Court. It was a Class B misdemeanor, and no jail time was given.
The case was originally heard Oct. 17, 2012, in municipal court, where Aguirre was found guilty and received a fine. Aguirre had pleaded not guilty to the charge that she had intentionally touched or applied force to Murguia in a rude, insolent or angry manner.
Court documents showed a Wyandotte County judge stepped aside from the case because he knew the UG commissioner. Judge David King of Leavenworth County District Court was brought in to hear the case.
The case grew out of an incident more than a year ago at an event in the Argentine area of Kansas City, Kan. The address listed in the police report is that of the Argentine Community Center, 2810 Metropolitan Ave. According to the police report, the battery occurred at 5 p.m. March 19, 2012.