Kalona attorney faces charges
CORALVILLE — A Kalona attorney remains in the Johnson County Jail this morning after being charged with jury tampering during a case earlier this year in which he was convicted of disorderly conduct.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s office, Raymond M. Tinnian, 54, of Kalona, was arrested Monday morning at his home in Kalona. He was extradited to Coralville, where he faces charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief, first-degree harassment, and tampering with a witness or jury. According to the Johnson County Jail Web site, bail is set at $100,000.
According to court documents, the charges stem from a criminal mischief complaint that occurred on June 24. The records say that Coralville Police were called to a residence in which the words “guilty” and “justice” were spray-painted on the garage door. The victim had recently served as a juror in a trial in which Tinnian was the defendant. The jury had found Tinnian guilty of disorderly conduct.
The document said that a typed, threatening letter was left at the residence stating the author was dissatisfied with the verdict of the trial. The letter threatened, “No cops or you won’t live to see 70. I watch you I see your every move.”
The court document said that immediately after the verdict, the victim received a letter from Tinnian addressed to her and the other jurors, which ultimately formed the basis of a complaint to the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board to review Tinnian’s behavior.
A search of the Iowa Judicial Branch office of professional regulations’ Web site found no records of Tinnian being disciplined.
The board has informed Tinnian that he is under investigation for ethical complaints due to the letter to the juror. The information was not made public.
First-degree harassment and tampering are both aggravated misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to two years in prison and up to a $6,250 fine. Criminal mischief is a serious misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and up to a $1,875 fine.