LITTLETON, Colo. - A municipal judge in Littleton was fired for issuing an arrest warrant for a teenager who had an overdue library DVD. The thing is, the teen returned the DVD to the library before the judge issued the arrest warrant.
The Littleton City Council fired longtime Municipal Judge James Kimmel Tuesday night. According to the Denver Post, council members offered Kimmel a chance to resign and get a severance package in the process. But he refused, and they fired him.
Police handcuffed 19-year-old Aaron Henson and held him for nearly eight hours after a traffic stop Jan. 25. Judge Kimmel had issued an arrest warrant after Henson failed to show up in court Jan. 14 on the overdue DVD, "House of Flying Daggers."
Kimmel issued an order on Dec. 23 for Henson to appear in court on Jan. 14. The Post reports Henson moved from Littleton to Lakewood and put the DVD in a box. So, he didn't return it to the library on time. Because he moved, he was never properly served with the notice to appear in court for the late disc.
He did return the DVD to the library Jan. 7, a week before he was supposed to appear in court and Kimmel issued the arrest warrant. The library sent the judge a letter Jan. 7 telling him Henson returned the DVD. The Post reports that point concerned council members, along with the fact the judge issued the warrant without Henson having been officially served with a summons to appear in court.
City officials looked into prior cases and they said there were 71 similar incidents where the judge issued a warrant that had not been properly served.
Henson told the Post he took the blame for failing to return the DVD on time, and he didn't want Kimmel to lose his job over the incident.
Or maybe not... could be wrong but it looks like this judge let the power get to his head one too many times.