$u$ Local attorney’s trial wraps up

But the outcome won’t be known until a visiting judge issues a written ruling.

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WALLA WALLA — The trial of local attorney William McCool has ended, but the outcome is in doubt.

Visiting Superior Court Judge Richard W. Miller of Adams County told attorneys after closing arguments about 2:40 p.m. Thursday he will issue his verdict in a written memo as soon as possible, but he couldn’t promise a date.

McCool is charged with barratry, a misdemeanor accusing him of issuing a false and misleading subpoena on behalf of a client seeking information relating to a business dispute. On Wednesday, Miller dismissed a companion felony charge against McCool of improperly obtaining financial information.

The two-day, non-jury trial was held at the Walla Walla County Courthouse.

For the full story, check out Friday’s Union-Bulletin and here online.

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