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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Judge drops old charges, says gov't blew it

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Above: These two supposedly wanted to blow up the Overland Park Police Department, of all places,  but beat the rap in the early '80s and, authorities said, fled to New Mexico.

Reader aqua notes this front-page story:

Brothers’ 14-year-old indictments dropped
For more than 14 years, former Merriam residents Gregory and Geoffrey Rose were fugitives in the eyes of federal authorities.
Their arrest in February at a small, rented mobile home in New Mexico was hailed as an example of how suspects running from justice can, eventually, be tracked down.
On Tuesday, though, a federal judge in Kansas City, Kan., threw out the cases against the brothers, saying their rights to a speedy trial had been violated.

  • Defense lawyer says he tried to surrender clients in early 1990s, but prosecutors never got back.
  • Judge cited government negligence in catching the two.
  • Indictments dismissed on drug, explosives and weapons charges.
  • Weapons, explosives and a pot farm found in their Merriam home.

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