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Bathroom near-fracas much ado about nothing, clerk magistrate finds

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 21, 2008 08:14 AM

A case involving a near-fracas in a men's room between two Wrentham selectmen was thrown out of court yesterday by a clerk magistrate.

Selectman John Zizza told police that fellow board member Robert Cohen confronted him in a Town Hall men’s room during a break from a June 3 board meeting. Cohen “stepped very abruptly” toward Zizza and began shouting, causing Zizza to fear that Cohen would attempt to harm him, Zizza told police.

In a counter-complaint, Cohen told police that Zizza was “hostile and intimidating” and Cohen feared Zizza would escalate the situation. Neither man was accused of physically attacking the other.

Wrentham District Court Clerk Magistrate Edward J. Doherty, however, ruled that there wasn't enough evidence to support formal charges against either man, and dismissed both complaints.

Zizza said he was disappointed that the case was dismissed. Cohen said he was happy to put the incident behind him.

-- Calvin Hennick

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