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Raleigh attorney not guilty in bar fight

Posted July 7, 2011

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— A Raleigh attorney accusing two state Highway Patrol troopers of misconduct was found not guilty Thursday on a misdemeanor simple assault charge in a separate case.

Hoyt Gold Tessener, 50, was charged Dec. 5 following a dispute with a restaurant manager who claimed Tessener punched him over a bar tab.

Gregory Sunday, who manages The Pickled Onion Restaurant and Bar on Falls of Neuse Road, testified in a hearing that Tessener was upset over the bill and followed him into the restaurant's kitchen.

The two argued, Sunday said, and Tessener hit him in the face, breaking his glasses and giving him a black eye.

Tessener, however, testified that Sunday punched him first and that he hit back out of self-defense.

District Judge Jane Gray found Tessener not guilty, saying she couldn't determine beyond a reasonable doubt who started the fight.

Hoyt Tessener wrote a letter to the governor and two dozen other state officials last month, alleging that a state trooper intimidated and harassed his wife during a traffic stop in Wilmington.

Two troopers are on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

Tessener said Thursday that he is glad the troopers are off the roads and that the allegations are being investigated.

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  • drfiesta Jul 13, 2011

    The Tessener's seem to be very shady people at this point. One lie after another. Husband goes around town causing Bar Fights. (I'm sure this guy started that fight) Wife is above the law in Wilmington. I think the Tessener's need to tell everyone they are sorry. I mean they are sorry people so face up to the facts. Nobody will believe this family again. Not in court or at the club.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Jul 8, 2011

    Really? Who can believe this guy Tessener? Wyrick, Smith and Sunday should all sue the guy. Now they ALL look bad no matter what. Because this guy is a "HOT HEAD LAWYER"? He just seems to cause trouble everywhere he goes and thinks he is above the law.
    drfiesta
    July 8, 2011 2:55 p.m.
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    Why was Smith suspended? He made himself look bad. LOL WOW. You people are hilarious!!!

  • Luv2Camp Jul 8, 2011

    Geez. Attorneys already have a bad name. I never thought it would be possible for them to get an even worse reputation. I see that I was wrong.

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jul 8, 2011

    Wow. This guy chases his OWN ambulances.

  • drfiesta Jul 8, 2011

    Really? Who can believe this guy Tessener? Wyrick, Smith and Sunday should all sue the guy. Now they ALL look bad no matter what. Because this guy is a "HOT HEAD LAWYER"? He just seems to cause trouble everywhere he goes and thinks he is above the law.

  • weasel2 Jul 8, 2011

    Not even worth commenting on.

  • hunter38 Jul 8, 2011

    Trooper Wyrick has been cleared by the investigation by the way...just saying.
    Time for his lawsuit against the lying attorney and for early retirement !!!!!

  • penny for your thoughts Jul 8, 2011

    This guy obviously needs an attitude adjustment (and probably his wife does as well). He doesn't like his bar tab, so what's he do - go into the kitchen and pick a fight. His wife gets pulled over, can't admit the troopers were just doing their job (how dare they pull "HIS" wife over!), and has to complain to Perdue. I don't know what kind of lawyer he is, but I wouldn't ever hire anyone like him!

  • ebeamer7472 Jul 8, 2011

    clintoflannagan. What possible logic fuels your thinking capacity for those statements? Past offender means guilt in next encounter? I would have punched Tessener for being in my kitchen and no doubt in my face if I were Sunday. However, there is no clear indication who throw the first punch or if Sunday threw one.

  • clintoflannagan Jul 8, 2011

    All I'm saying is that everyone's criminal record is relevant in this situation. For all I know Tessener is a terrible hot head and is totally at fault in both the highway patrol and the bar fight situations.

    I am quite certain that if Tessener had an extensive criminal record all of the commenters on GOLO would be pointing to his record as evidence that he was at fault in both instances.

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