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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Beth Ditto Didn't Show Up At Her Arraignment, But Her Lawyer Did

Posted by Nathan Gilles on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

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  • Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Beth Ditto—real name Mary Beth Patterson—the Gossip singer arrested over the weekend on suspicion of disorderly conduct decided against personally attending her arraignment hearing this morning.

In Ditto’s place was her lawyer, Thomas Coan, who handed Multnomah County Judge Steven Todd a written statement from his client. The statement was not read in court.

Ditto’s lawyer also told the court his client was “concerned there’s been a lot of media attention [about her case],” and asked the judge if it were possible, given Ditto’s local celebrity, to have her contact information expunged from the public record. A number that presumably belongs to Ditto is listed in OJIN, the Oregon court’s database.

Todd said there wasn’t a lot he could do. Ditto's information, he says, is already in the system, after she received a traffic ticket in 2011.

Ditto didn't make a plea today. Coan also declined to comment. The Mercury has also left a message at the number listed for Ditto in court records. If convicted, Ditto could face up to 16 hours of community service or a possible fine of $435. Her charge has been reduced from a misdemeanor to a violation.

The incident that lead to Ditto’s disorderly conduct charge happened last Friday outside of the Bungalo Bar on North Mississippi after the bar wouldn't serve her and she wandered out in the street where, police say, "her arms extended from her sides like an airplane, and she was shouting (unknown what) as she blocked traffic." Her next court date is set for 9 am on Monday, March 25.

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