Motion to drop charges against Rust


POSTED: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 4:01pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:24am

The ongoing controversy surrounding former Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust is about to come to an end.
If you believe what you’ve read and heard elsewhere in town.

The fact is though, none of this goes away until Judge Jack Skeen says so.

And we won’t know that for sure, until next Friday.

The case against former Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust began with the assertion that he had used his deputies as employees for a private security service.

He contended all along, it was simply the kind of off-duty work cops everywhere do.

District Attorney Matt Bingham though, felt they had enough evidence to go to trial.

Accusations flew including the contention by Rust’s father Donn, a former sheriff candidate, that the charges were manipulated, and charged Sheriff-elect Larry Smith and County Commissioner Carey Nix.

Both said that was untrue.

And now, special prosecutor Lance Larison has made a motion to dismiss the charges.

The motion was filed Wednesday, but contrary to what has been broadcast, this will not be final until Judge Skeen agrees.

One element of the agreement caught our eye. It seems to validate one charge made by Dustin Rust.

He contended the goal was his resignation.

There in the motion is mention of a written agreement that Rust resign.

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

When a decision is made by Judge Skeen next Friday, the gag order on this case is lifted.

It will be interesting to find out how this agreement was hammered out.

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...but let a citizen collect disability while working on the sly and watch the fur fly. Who better to ignore government graft then Skeen?

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.

So, the ones that made the false charges that have ruined peoples careers and life when are they going to be charged and prosecuted? What is good for the Goose is good for the Gander!

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