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Former Judge Pleads "No Contest" in Poaching Case

Former Judge Pleads "No Contest" in Poaching Case

Posted - Sep. 8, 2004 at 7:17 a.m.



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DUCHESNE, Utah (AP) -- A former district judge has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges for poaching.

Ray Harding was in court yesterday. He was originally charged with three third-degree felony counts of wanton destruction of wildlife for allegedly killing a trophy moose and two cow elk in the Uintas in October of 2001.

Yesterday, Harding pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges of "unlawful tagging" of elk.

He was sentenced to two suspended terms of six months in jail and fined a total of 16-hundred dollars.

Harding resigned from the Fourth District bench in February 2003 after he was charged with drug possession and the Utah House of Representatives voted to begin impeachment procedures.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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