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Even a Mayor’s Husband Can Be Accused of Domestic Violence

Posted by Steve Karimi | Dec 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Just because you might be married to a mayor, it does not mean you are immune to accusations of domestic violence. Cheyenne, Wyoming's mayor's husband has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge and his next court date will be January 21, 2020.

Because of the level of city politics that this affects, a circuit judge and district attorney have already recused themselves from the case due to conflicts of interest.

Verbal Argument Turns Physical

According to an affidavit filed on the case, Cheyenne police responded to the home of Christopher James “Jimmy” Orr and Marian Orr on December 10, 2019. Marian Orr became the first female mayor of Cheyenne when she was elected in November 2016.

Court documents filed in the case show that Marian Orr called 911 that evening because she “was in fear of Jimmy Orr.” The couple had gotten into a verbal argument and Jimmy threw a cup into a kitchen sink near where Marian was standing. She then threw a piece of the cup back at him. Jimmy then put her in a “bear hug” and told her to calm down.

Responding officers saw a small bruise and abrasion on Marian's chin and noticed her chin and neck were red. Officers arrested Jimmy.

Release and Conditions

A $5,000 signature bond was set for Jimmy's release from jail. If he is convicted, he could face up to six months in jail and/or a $750 fine, according to Wyoming law. As part of his being released from jail, he is not allowed to contact Marian or go within one block of their residence.

Another Controversy

In early June 2019, Mayor Orr accused the Wyoming governor, Mark Gordon, of going on a "profane misogynistic temper tantrum" against her during a meeting about a potential Taiwanese state visit. She also claimed that Gordon used his physical presence in an aggressive and threatening manner during the meeting and that if she had known he behaved like that she would have never endorsed him for governor. Gordon said Orr completely mischaracterized his behavior but did admit to swearing in front of her.

Domestic Abuse Accusations in Washington

Domestic violence charges are serious. If your partner is using their advantages over you to falsely accuse you of domestic violence, you need a strong defense attorney to clear your name. The Law Offices of Steve Karimi can help. Call 206-621-8777 today or fill out an online contact form to get started on a free consultation of your case.

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Steve Karimi

Steve Karimi attended Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Seattle where he gained valuable insight to the criminal justice system. Attorney Karimi uses his experiences as a prosecutor everyday only now he fights for the justice of those accused.


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