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Trial Set for Fairfield Clerk Accused of Corruption
LANCASTER (Rob Wells/Kate Liebers) -- A date has been set for the trial of former Fairfield County Clerk of Court Deborah Smalley, who was charged with corruption and theft in office.
On Tuesday, Smalley learned her trial was to begin on Aug. 16. Her husband, David Smalley, also charged in connection to the alleged crimes, is to appear in court on Sept. 16.
The couple is part of a high-profile case that began last summer. Smalley had allegedly asked her employees to make campaign contributions and to work for her re-election during their work shifts.
"There's no doubt that it was sparked by unhappy employees," said Mrs. Smalley's defense attorney Scott Wood. "The question is what it one or many."
Defense attorneys said Mrs. Smalley was also accused of obtaining at the social security number and other personal information of at least one staff member.
Following the allegations, security cameras apparently caught Mr. Smalley using his wife's key card to enter the clerk's office after business hours on June 30. The footage shows him bringing items into and removing items from the building.
He was accused of complicity to unlawful interest in a public contract.
The Smalleys have maintained their innocence.
"They're devastated," said Mr. Smalley's defense attorney, Andrew Stevenson. "They've been in the community most of their lives and raised children here. This is hard on them and it's hard on their families."
On Tuesday, Judge Dale Crawford ordered the couple to turn over their passports and any weapons they may own. The two were also ordered to not have any contact with potential witnesses in the case and to report to a probation officer every week.
Depending on the interviews with potential jurors, the defense attorneys said they may ask the cases be tried in Franklin instead of Fairfield County.
Smalley had worked at the Fairfield County office for more than eight years. She resigned Dec. 5 amid the investigation, which was launched in August.
Click the links for the original ABC 6 WASTE WATCH report, coverage of the criminal investigation, and Smalley's resignation.