Rape and assault trial for Asotin County judge postponed

The trial of an Asotin County judge facing rape and assault charges has been postponed to allow for more defense preparation. Scott Gallina faces charges of second-degree rape, indecent liberties, and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation based on allegations of workplace sexual misconduct. The alleged crimes reportedly took place in the last two years, involving two women who worked with Gallina at the Asotin County Courthouse. The state dropped one of the assault charges, which involved a third alleged victim, along with the sexual assault protection order for that individual. The 56-year-old Gallina has pleaded not guilty and has been on paid leave from his duties as Superior Court judge in Asotin, Garfield and Columbia counties since his arrest in April. A jury trial was set for March 9th with Spokane County Judge Michael Price presiding. However, Price granted the defense’s request to push back the start date so additional witnesses can be interviewed. No new trial date has been set. Gallina last month said he would not seek a change of venue for his trial, opting to hold the proceedings in Asotin County. (Lewiston Morning Tribune)