Judge miffed that Neagle exited through back door | SummitDaily.com

Judge miffed that Neagle exited through back door

GOLDEN ” A judge said Friday that former Colorado Rockies pitcher Denny Neagle should not have been allowed to use a back exit to avoid reporters and photographers after a court appearance.

Neagle, who faces a Sept. 21 trial on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a prostitute, appeared in Jefferson County Judge Roy Olson’s courtroom Thursday for a conference to set the trial date. After about 45 minutes, he and defense attorney Harvey Steinberg left through a back door.

The district court’s chief judge, Brooke Jackson, said Friday that Steinberg got permission from court staffers, and not Olson, to let Neagle leave out a back door to avoid media attention. He said Olson did not know about Neagle’s exit until late Thursday.

The Colorado Rockies terminated Neagle’s contract three days after he was cited by Lakewood police on Dec. 3. He later signed a minor-league contract with Tampa Bay but was released.

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