State Representative Convicted
An eight-term state representative from Big Lake, Minn., was convicted Friday of one count of misdemeanor domestic assault with intent to cause fear, the Pioneer Press reported. However, State Rep. Mark Olson was acquitted of a second charge of misdemeanor assault. The case stems from a November incident behind the representative's home, where he pushed his wife to the ground three times. During the trial, Olson claimed that he was the victim in the case, and told the jury of ways his wife had abused him, including cutting his picture out of their wedding album cover. HIs wife, Heidi Olson, claimed she was the abused one in the relationship and had frequently feared for her life. After the verdict, Olson said he would try to reconcile with his wife. However, in a prepared statement by Heidi Olson and read by her brother-in-law, no suggestion of reconciliation was mentioned. State House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher said Friday that the House can punish members who bring the body dishonor, but that two members would have to file motions to set the process into action.