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Judge refuses to dismiss charges against former Constable Rust

Judge refuses to dismiss charges against former Constable Rust
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POSTED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 2:20pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 4:14pm

Former Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust appeared in court Thursday morning for a hearing about his April indictment.

The prosecution filed a motion to dismiss all three cases, two felonies and one misdemeanor, against him. A courtroom reporter says the prosecution gave a written statement and signed agreement by Rust to Judge Skeen. In the document, the constable agreed to the following sanctions:  one year probation, admitting guilt and paying about $7,600 in restitution.

The prosecution also requested a pretrial diversion, which is an option of taking Rust back to court if he fails to meet those requirements, and for a dismissal. However, Skeen denied all motions made by the state.

The judge has set the trial to begin October 1 at 10 a.m. All three cases will be consolidated.

Rust's case took place in the 241st District Court at 11 a.m. Judge Jack Skeen, who issued a gag order back on April 17, is the presiding judge.

Controversy has swirled around Rust ever since he was indicted for misuse of county property back in April 2012. He is accused of using his deputies for a private security detail in Smith County neighborhoods.

Last week, special prosecutor Lance Larison made a motion to dismiss the charges.

Rust lost his race for Constable to Jim Blackmon and stepped down in early August.

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Charles - what cloud are you living on - the justice system in Smith County is corrupt through and through. There may be odd exceptions to that statement, but they are few and far between. I have had first hand experience of some of the thugs that inhabit the jail (Jailers) and some who are on the streets (Cops).
So wake up Charles - you are in wonderland.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME ONLY ONE COUNTY MORE CORRUPT IN ALL OF TEXAS AND THATS CHEROKEE COUNTY! THIS POOR BASTARD JUST GOT CAUGHT IN PLAIN SIGHT AND THEY CANT AFFORD TO LET HIM GO?

I've been no fan of Judge Skeen, but today with this ruling, I'm beginning to believe he now understands how those of us not in government feel about the double standard of justice experienced by non-government citizens. Keep up the good work Judge Skeen !

I've amended my Sept. 7 post to read;
NOTE: I openly edit this comment above with an apology to Judge Skeen who ruled today that the motion to dismiss be thrown-out. Judge Skeens' ruling does more than help dispel the citizens cynical views towards government officials and the justice system, it sends a message of accountability to all who hold elected office.

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