POSTED: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 5:01pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 12:24pm
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.