Protection order request for Missouri lawmaker dropped

Monday, September 20, 2010 | 12:21 p.m. CDT; updated 1:22 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 20, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A request for a protection order has been dropped against Republican House member Brian Nieves. The court heard the request on behalf of the campaign manager of a political rival of Nieves.

Shawn Bell on Monday dropped his request that a Cole County judge order Nieves to stay away from him. Bell was the campaign manager for Dick Stratman, whom Nieves beat in the Aug. 3 primary for an eastern Missouri state Senate seat.

At issue was an incident that allegedly happened when Bell visited Nieves' campaign office the day after the primary election. Nieves denied threatening or assaulting Bell.

The Franklin County prosecutor decided earlier this month not to press criminal charges against Nieves.

Attorneys for Nieves and Bell did not immediately return calls seeking comment Monday.

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