[Updated] Copies of the motion to dismiss and added claim appear at the end of this article.
By Thomas C. Nash
COLUMBUS, Ohio — During a probable cause hearing on August 13, the legal team for Rep. Jean Schmidt dropped four of the eight false statement charges relating to Armenian Genocide denial against election rival David Krikorian and added one more.
Schmidt, an incumbent Republican representing Ohio’s second district, initially charged then-independent candidate David Krikorian with making false statements during the 2008 election season.
Schmidt took issue with the Krikorian campaign’s distribution of a flyer stating she had taken $30,000 in “blood money” to “deny the genocide of Christian Armenians by Muslim Turks” as co-chair of the Caucus on US Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans.