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Judge tosses Mercer school board cases


April 23, 2019


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HURLEY — Iron County Judge Patrick Madden dismissed the charges against five current and former board members of the Mercer School Board Monday, finding they lacked the intent needed for the crimes they were charged with.

“One of the clear obligations of this court is to not permit actions to go forward which do not meet the basic requirements of ‘mens rea’ and ‘actus rea,’ which is … you have to have a guilty mind and a guilty act to commit a crime,” Madden said, while ruling on one of the defense motions to dismiss the charges...

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