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Judge dismisses charge due to late notice of plea agreement

June 11, 2018

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Missoula County prosecutors are appealing a judge’s decision to dismiss a domestic abuse case after she received late notice of a plea agreement.

Justice of the Peace Marie Anderson said she could have scheduled other cases on June 1 if she had known about the agreement, filed on May 31 — the day before the trial was to start. She said it wasn’t the first time the issue had come up.

The Missoulian reports that during the June 1 hearing, the defendant’s public defender offered to enter a guilty plea that morning or reschedule the hearing to give the judge more time.

Prosecutor Ryan Mickelson said Anderson dismissed the criminal charge altogether “without providing a legal basis or additional reasoning.”

The appeal was filed in District Court in Missoula County.


Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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