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Backroom owner back in court

December 11, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - The owner of Backroom Multi Entertainment in Houghton has a new attorney.

Michael Jestila, 46, is charged with possession of 50 to 449 grams of cocaine, heroin or other narcotics, a 20-year felony, and a two-year felony possession charge.

Jestila appeared in Houghton County Circuit Court with his new attorney, David Gemignani.

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Michael Jestila, right, 46, the owner of Backroom Multi Entertainment, was in court Monday with his attorney, David Gemignani.

His former attorney, Timothy Quinnell, had motioned to withdraw, citing "the complete failure of the attorney-client relationship."

Jestila remains scheduled to start a four-day trial Jan. 20. But Gemignani said he anticipates filing a motion to adjourn the case.

"Given the complexity of the legal issues, the chemical issues, the scientific issues here, between now and then I probably will be filing a motion to adjourn this to educate myself on those issues, since I'm just getting into this case right now," he said.

Jestila's charges date back to last December, when police say dozens of packets of materials seized in a search at Backroom tested positive for chemicals commonly contained in bath salts, as well as hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Jestila faced similar charges in Marquette County, where a criminal charge, a nuisance complaint and a pair of forfeiture actions were dropped in exchange for him never doing business in the county again.



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