Accused Mont. prosecutor avoids weekend jail stay

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Associated Press

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 10:06 AM

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A midnight court hearing helped a Montana prosecutor avoid spending last weekend in jail.

Flathead County Deputy Attorney Kenneth "Rusty" Park's attorney says he requested the hearing because the prosecutor risked attack by an inmate if he remained in jail.

The hearing allowed Park to be released from custody early Saturday.

Normally, a person arrested on Friday night would spend the weekend in jail before receiving a court hearing.

The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/18n4T7N ) reports Park was arrested hours earlier on a charge of assaulting a partner or family member.

Justice of the Peace Mark Sullivan held an initial appearance hearing after midnight and released Park on his own recognizance.

Park attorney Thane Johnson says the hearing was not special treatment but held out of concern for Park's safety.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com

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