MARILYN MANSON: Resolution Of Michigan Assault Case Likely

An Oakland County (Michigan) judge has refused to remove another judge from the assault case involving MARILYN MANSON, clearing the way for a likely resolution of the case.

Rochester District Judge Julie Nicholson, of the 52nd District Court, was asked to disqualify Clarkston District Judge Gerald McNally. Prosecutors argued that McNally should be disqualified because he suggested he would fine MANSON $2,000 on two misdemeanor charges.

Prosecutors said Monday they likely won't appeal Nicholson's ruling. Defense attorney Walter Piszczatowski said his client will likely plead to the misdemeanor and be done with the case.

"It's the correct ruling," Piszczatowski told The Oakland Press in Pontiac for a Tuesday story.

MANSON was arrested after a July 30th, 2001 performance at DTE Energy Music Theatre. Prosecutors allege that he assaulted a security guard there by rubbing his genitals against the guard's neck.

In December, the charges were reduced from fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and assault and battery to disorderly conduct punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

MANSON is expected to appear in court in Oakland County on June 14th.

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