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Wed Nov 21, 2012, 02:43 PM

Former conservative state lawmaker/lt. gov. candidate leads Mont. courtroom fracas

[font size = "+1"][font color = "blue"]"Conservative" lawmakers obviously think the law never applies to them. They are clearly radicals, not conservatives.[/font][/font]

Former state lawmaker leads Mont. courtroom fracas

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) -- A Montana judge walked out of a court hearing after being heckled by a rowdy crowd, leaving the conservative former state legislator who instigated it all to declare he was in charge of the courtroom and proclaim the case against him dismissed.


Boniek, 51, was arrested in July on charges of obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest and fleeing from or eluding a peace officer. He has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say he failed to stop at an emergency roadblock set up near his home in the Paradise Valley during a wildfire.


[font color = "blue"]<Some of his supporters got extremely loud and nasty to the judge, who finally got up and left the courtroom.>[/font]

Others in the crowd joined in, and Budeski <the judge> suddenly announced that court was adjourned and left. Many people refused law enforcement officers' demands to leave the courtroom.
[font color = "blue] <Boniek then claimed that since the judge had left the room, and hewas "the last man standing" in the courtroom, he was in charge, and he declared his case "dismissed.">[/font]

"No, you're not <in charge>," an officer responded.


[font color = "blue"]<Needless to say, the judge says the case is not dismissed--just delayed.>[/font]

[font color = "blue"] [font size = "+1"]More at link: [/font][/font] http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MONTANA_COURTROOM_FRACAS?SECTION=HOME&SITE=AP&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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