LANCASTER — After a year, the domestic violence case against former State Sen. Jeffrey Woodburn will come to trial. A jury panel was picked in Coos County Superior Court Monday and the case is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on July 31.
Woodburn was arrested last August on two counts of domestic violence, four counts of simple assault, two counts of criminal trespass, and one count of criminal mischief. The alleged victim in the case is Woodburn’s former fiancee and local Democratic official Emily Jacobs.
Woodburn has pleaded not guilty to all counts.
All of the charges are Class A misdemeanors, which normally would be heard in district court. But earlier this year, Coos County Justice Peter Bornstein accepted jurisdiction of the case, approving a joint request from Woodburn and the state Attorney General’s office.
The parties pointed out that if Woodburn were found guilty he could appeal to Superior Court for a jury trial, resulting in witnesses and the parties going through the process twice.
At that time, the case had produced 1,500 pages and 27 discs of discovery.
The state has filed a motion asking the court to bar the defense from cross examining Jacobs about the alleged theft of Woodburn’s journal and illegal intercepting and disclosing telecommunications.
The incidents that make up the complaints allegedly occurred over a period from Aug. 10, 2017, to June 10, 2018. Woodburn was arrested in August 2018.
At the time he was running for a fourth term in the state Senate. He won the primary but lost the general election.