Colo. judge fired over teen arrest for overdue DVD

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A longtime Colorado judge has been fired after issuing an arrest warrant for a teenager over an overdue library DVD.

Municipal Judge James Kimmel issued the warrant after 19-year-old Aaron Henson failed to show up in court Jan. 14 over the overdue DVD, “House of Flying Daggers.” On Jan. 25, police stoped the teen for speeding and held him for nearly eight hours after discovering the warrant.

Henson had moved and didn’t received the summons to court. The teen said he had packed the DVD in a box, and returned it about a week before Kimmel issued the warrant. The library notified the judge the DVD was back.

The Littleton City Council fired Kimmel, a judge for nearly 30 years, at its meeting Tuesday night. Kimmel declined to comment to The Denver Post.

Associated Press

2 Responses to Colo. judge fired over teen arrest for overdue DVD

  1. Wow! Justice. That is unusual.

    Bob Blaw Law
    April 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

  2. Eight hours in jail vs. 30 years of experience…good decision. Why don’t these idiot Council members target the judges who actually create substantial negative issues in the community. Backward politics. Reimburse the fees, change the policy (although there should still be accountability for returning goods borrowed), and use this as a learning experience. Done right, the city sets better policy, the youth learns a good lesson, and the judge keeps his job. Either way, it was going to be expensive…just look at the results.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:50 am