The charge of promotion of anarchy has been dropped against Tobin Kerns…
The judge’s decision came after defense attorney William McElligott moved to have all the charges against Kerns dismissed.
In dismissing the anarchy charge, Coffin said the case does not appear to be one where those accused were attempting to recruit others to overthrow the government, even though school officials were allegedly targeted.
Prosecutor John McLaughlin asked for a stay of the decision so the matter could be brought before the Supreme Judicial Court.
Coffin denied the request.
“No. We’re at trial and the matter has been pending for a long time.”
As he left the courtroom for a short break, McLaughlin said to a colleague quietly but loud enough to be heard by others in the courtroom, “He just totally screwed us.”
The charges of threats to use deadly weapons at school and conspiracy to commit murder were not dismissed.
It sounds like that McLaughlin was basing his whole case on the anarchy charge. Let’s hope that’s correct.