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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Thursday, October 18, 1984
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Thur., Oct 18. 1984 Minneapolis Star and Tribune Commissioners call for review of Morris's budget increase (BowcanmyDadquit OlllVIVUigt fV n j k. K A 10A. ! ; j , . ' ' . ' : ' . S- . I . 5 '. : ' ' f - N L I) ,0 tl By Cheryl Johnson Staff Writer Two Scott County commissioners want to cut County Attorney Kathleen Morris's 1985 budget because she dismissed the child sexual-abuse cases that Increased costs in her office. Morris's office wanted $167,620 of the county's $10.3 million 1985 budget earmarked for Investigating and prosecuting two alleged sex rings. Monday, her office unexpectedly dropped charges against 21 adults rather than comply with a court-ordered release of sensitive documents. Morris said the cases were dismissed to protect child witnesses from further victimization, while preserving another larger Investigation. (Last month Lois and Robert Bentz, the first couple to complete a . trial, were acquitted.) Commissioners Dick Mertz and Bill Koniarskl said they want to review the budgets of the prosecutor and related departments involved in handling these cases. The budgets dealing with the cases will be looked at, said Koniarskl, because "the requests were based on continued prosecution." Commissioner Mark Stromwall, however, said he "guaranteed" Morris's funds would not be cut because of the dismissals. Commissioners Anthony Worm and Roland Boegman could not be reached for comment Although "some of that money has been spent already," Mertz said, "I would assume we are going to be able to cut back almost immediately." Kathleen Morris The county board had authorized the hiring of three lawyers, a law clerk and secretary to work on the cases. An estimated $663,543 was requested in 1985 for the five county departments that have some role In handling the cases. That request was recommended by a board committee. The board will adopt its budget in December. Koniarskl, a board member for 24 years, said he is not completely behind Morris on this issue. But he said he fears the county board may be powerless to refuse funds. He said he understands the board must pay bills accrued by the prosecutor. Stromwall said that until he has more Information, he will tend to believe Morris is properly discharging her duties and the discretionary Scott County deputy to return to work Scott County Deputy Sheriff Donald Buchan said Wednesday he has been told to report to work next week, after four months of suspension with pay following his arrest as an alleged child sex abuser. Opening statements in a trial for Buchan, 37, and his wife, Cindy, 27, were set to begin Monday, but the prosecution dropped charges against them, and later those against the rest of the defendants. After talking with Chief Deputy Bill Nevin yesterday, Buchan said, it was agreed that be will be assigned to transportation of prisoners. The 12-year veteran was a patrolman at the time of his arrest Buchan also said he was told that the department will use the services of a firm that helps county employees deal with personal and work-related problems, if needed. A MARKETPLACE TO REMEMBER ' 4 X " AJba. I JSj xi F ashions from the pages of Vogue and Harpers. Exquisite jewelry and distinguished gjfts from around the world. The proud works of original artists and artisans. Exotic flowers, exciting souvenirs. Trinkets and toys for the child in us of all. We imagined that we were walking through scenes we recalled from the movies. A village market in Europe. The back streets of New Orleans. The sidewalks of New York. But, in fact, this was like no other place at all. And the real memories were just beginning. Liiimmi..i"""""""'"1"""' ? - mill 1 Li U ILLmO. MD HENNEPIN AT HISTORIC MAIN STREET authority allowed. And he expects those additional expenses to continue despite the dismissals. "The criminal case Is dismissed, but we still have child abuse. They have to be housed, protected, counseled." Cutting off Morris's funds would be inappropriate, said Stromwall. He added that he couldn't support It, "certainly not on the basis of what we know today." "In fact," added Stromwall, "I can guarantee we wont be cutting off her funds. Well wait and listen and find out what is going on and see when the dust Is settled." Stromwall said that as a lawyer, he has questions about Morris charging and then dropping these cases. However, he refused to comment on how she handled the cases. Although Stromwall said he is behind Morris 100 percent, fellow board member Koniarskl said he is not. Further, Koniarskl said six months ago he heard community rumblings about people wanting to have the prosecutor removed from office because of these cases. SARA EARNS $1375MONTH She just bought a 1 Bedroom condominium. 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