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Federal judge dismisses trial, contends ATF “created fictitious crime”

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Federal judge dismisses trial, contends ATF “created fictitious crime”

This case is the latest example in a growing list of embarrassing investigations by the agency that seem to defy common sense and endanger public safety.
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A federal judge in California dismissed a case resulting from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ investigation this month stating that the government “created the fictitious crime from whole cloth.”

U.S. District Court Judge Manuel Real heard the case involving Randy Garmon, Arturo Cortez, and Rene Flores, which included an alleged plot to rob a drug supplier’s ‘stash house,’ as USA Today reported.

However, the house in question was the site of an ATF sting and the alleged robbers’ contact and getaway car liaison was an undercover ATF agent.

All three plead guilty after their arrest in September and were awaiting sentencing from Real, who instead, dismissed the case.

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