A pre-trial conference has been set for Oct. 31 in the ongoing case against former Bellevue Police Chief John W. Stacey.
Such conferences typically involve attorneys from both sides and often result in judicial rulings intended to help trials move along efficiently and fairly.
Attorney James Martin Davis said Oct. 2 that Judge Susan Bazis's refusal to dismiss a misdemeanor charge that Stacey illegally lent a handgun to a friend is not the end of the argument.
Davis said Stacey will not consider reaching a plea bargain with prosecutors and will seek complete exoneration before a jury.
Davis had asked the court to dismiss a misdemeanor charge that Stacey illegally loaned a handgun to a friend who did not possess a certificate permitting ownership of a firearm.
Davis argued that the required certificate applied only to possessing a weapon, not to lending one.
But Bazis ruled that the state of Nebraska demonstrated an “important governmental interest” in controlling the transfer of firearms.
The need to ensure guns do not fall into the hands of prohibited people justifies the requirement that a person prove eligibility, she said, even if the gun is merely being loaned.
The case stems from an incident in which Stacey loaned a firearm to former Gretna City Administrator Colleen Lawry.
He said he believed Lawry needed the weapon temporarily for self-defense purposes.