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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Vermont: Judge Apologizes for Releasing Suspected Criminals

"A Vermont judge has apologized for punishing a tardy prosecutor by throwing out all charges against four criminal suspects.

District Court Judge Michael Kupersmith took that action last week because he was irritated after a prosecutor was four minutes late for a court hearing. The state's attorney said Kupersmith's response was unfortunate because it punished only the public and the police.  The judge...reportedly admitted that he over-reacted.

As for the suspects: two have been cited to appear to be re-charged. The other two, an alleged New York City drug dealer and a woman who was released from prison, have apparently disappeared." Story... [Mark Godsey]

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