Thursday, October 1, 2009

The (non?)case against Barkus

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 4:30 AM

A hearing has been set for Oct. 2 in Flathead County to suppress evidence in the case against state Sen. Greg Barkus. One problem: There is no case.

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Dan Testa at the Flathead Beacon has the pertinent details. Cutting to the chase, state Sen. Greg Barkus' lawyer, Todd Glazier, filed a motion to suppress evidence in the case that doesn't exist. A Livingston judge will preside over the hearing since all of the Flathead judges are friendly with Barkus and removed themselves from the proceedings. The Beacon adds:

Helena attorney Mike Meloy, who has successfully argued several high-profile cases dealing with access to public records, said holding a suppression hearing before any charges have been filed is “very unusual.”

“I’ve never heard of it being filed before some criminal charges have been filed,” Meloy said. “It’s not only unusual but I don’t understand how it can happen.”

For more from Testa, check out his interview with Barkus from mid-September.

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