Ex-lawmaker back in court after previous fracas

2013-01-08T19:10:00Z 2013-01-09T08:30:10Z Ex-lawmaker back in court after previous fracasThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 08, 2013 7:10 pm  • 

LIVINGSTON — A former state legislator accused of skirting a roadblock and resisting arrest asked for proof of a court's legitimacy but kept disruptions to a minimum compared with a previous hearing.

Joel Boniek appeared in Park County Justice Court on Monday.

Boniek pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges from the July encounter with officers keeping people out of a wildfire area.

Boniek told Justice of the Peace Linda Budeski that he wanted proof her court is constitutional. She responded that he should be familiar with the court system.

Budeski set a May 10 trial date.

A November hearing devolved into a fracas involving vocal Boniek supporters that led to the judge abruptly leaving. Boniek declared he was in charge of the courtroom and that he was dismissing his case.

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