Umatilla County DA pleads not guilty to contempt charges

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PENDLETON -- Umatilla County District Attorney Dean Gushwa has pleaded not guilty to 11 contempt of court charges alleging he violated an order not to have contact with employees in his office.

The East Oregonian reports the Oregon Department of Justice claims Gushwa violated an order by Baker County Circuit Judge Gregory Baxter prohibiting Gushwa from contacting any employee in the district attorney's office.

The state claims Gushwa violated that order 11 times from Dec. 3-11 by contacting Jennifer Roe, an employee.

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