This case hits a little close: one of our BACA kids was involved in getting this guy busted in the first place.
The important part:
"Following a one day trial, jurors spent all of 30 minutes before it reached a guilty verdict against Mitchell Pask.
Following the conviction, Judge Timothy Van Akkeren ruled on a motion the defense made earlier to dismiss the case. The defense argued that prosecutors hadn't met the burden of proof saying the incident didn't take place in a secluded area, which is required for the charge." (emphasis mine)
Is this possibly legal? I thought a judge had to rule one way or another on all motions BEFORE the case went to trial (unless a motion is brought up during). Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over?