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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.

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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.

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

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[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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