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State v. Mr. S (DMC No. 9286)

EXTORTION NOT CHARGED; NOT GUILTY/COMPLETE ACQUITTAL at BENCH TRIAL: HARASSMENT – State v. Mr. S (DMC No. 9286) Jan. 27, 2010 (McDowell Mountain Justice Court JC2009-107805): Mr. S had done some electrical contracting work for a neighbor across the street. The neighbor had not paid him approximately $2,300, and Mr. S went over to speak with the neighbor about it. The neighbor’s house was currently in Escrow to be sold, and Mr. S allegedly stated that if he didn’t get his money he was going to contact the buyer and make sure that “the sale did not go through”. Initially Detectives were investigating Mr. S for a Theft by Extortion charge, however the prosecutor’s office declined to file those charges. They did, however file a charge of Harassment. We went to Bench Trial and presented all evidence and cross examined the state’s witnesses. After the state had finished their case and then rested, we moved for a “Directed Verdict” judgement, and the Judge agreed. The case was Dismissed on the spot at that point.

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