Mother of Audrie Pott Filed a Restraining Order

The case was postponed Friday because the court commissioner did not see proof that the papers notifying the recipient had been served.


The mother of Audrie Pott, the teen who killed herself after an alleged sexual assault at a party last year, has filed for a domestic violence restraining order against a man earlier last month. 

Neither showed at a court hearing in San Jose Friday morning. 

Sheila Pott, Audrie's biological mother and a Los Altos resident, filed the civil claim in Santa Clara County Superior Court against Stewart Reichardt on March 28 and a hearing was set for Friday in Family Court, according to court records.

During a brief hearing at the courthouse at 170 Park Ave., court Commissioner Christine Copeland postponed the case due to lack of proof that Reichardt had been served with papers notifying him of the hearing.

The commissioner said that restraining orders may direct the personal conduct of a person, require the person to refrain from contacting the petitioner or be ordered to stay away and not come within 300 yards of them for up to five years.

The claim filed by Sheila Pott asks for a restraining order against Reichardt, according to a court clerk.

Pott's San Jose attorney, Sarah Hammerstad, could not be reached for comment Friday morning.


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