Former N.Y. news anchor pleads guilty
STAMFORD -- Former CBS Channel 2 New York news anchor Rob Morrison pleaded guilty Wednesday to threatening and breach of peace charges stemming from a February incident during which he allegedly choked his wife in their Darien home.
The pleas in state Superior Court in Stamford could clear Morrison's charges from the public record if he completes two family violence programs that can take more than two years to complete, his attorney, Robert Skovgaard, said.
Skovgaard said Judge Gary White proposed an offer that will end the criminal court case if Morrison, 45, completes the 26-week Explore program for those involved in family violence and the Family Violence Education program.
"It is very unusual for any criminal defendant to want to enter a plea of guilty," Skovgaard said. "That having been said, Rob recognized the potential risks in going to trial, and more importantly, he realized that prolonging the case does not serve the Morrison family's interests."
Morrison is married to Ashley Morrison, a fellow television journalist who anchors CBS' "Moneywatch." They have one young son.
Although the state has not dismissed a strangulation charge against Morrison, Skovgaard said it has chosen not to prosecute him on the charge if he successfully completes the programs.
Explore is a group-based intervention program for men convicted of domestic violence offenses that focuses on changing behavior through improving conflict resolution and behavior management as well as understanding the effects of violence on victims and children. Each participant attends a 1.5 hour group session each week for 26 weeks.
Skovgaard said Morrison will return to court after he completes the Explore program; he will then apply for participation in the Family Violence Education program.