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Defense happy with decision to drop case – Fosters

Defense happy with decision to drop case

In Gilford:

By BEA LEWIS

bwheel@metrocast.net

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The attorney representing a Gilford man against whom a methadone sales charge has been dropped credited the Belknap County Attorney with his willingness to make the decision to nol pross the case.

Bernard O. Huard, 50, of 23 Liscomb Circle, No. 3, Gilford, had been indicted on a special felony charge of sale of a narcotic drug, methadone-death resulting, in May. He could have faced up to life in prison had he been convicted.

Police alleged that, on or about March 21, 2007, in Gilford, Huard sold methadone to Joseph Sirles Jr. Sirles subsequently died of an overdose.

Huard had pleaded not guilty last June 4.

Citing “insurmountable procedural and evidentiary obstacles,” Belknap County Attorney Jim Carroll announced on Wednesday that he was dropping the charge.

“There was only one person who claimed any connection between Mr. Huard and the methadone that killed Joey Sirles, and that person suffered from credibility issues relating to unreliability and self-interest. There were at least a dozen people who had contact with Joey before and after Mr. Huard saw him on that fateful night, any one of whom may have provided him with the methadone,” said Huard’s lawyer, Ted Barnes of Concord.

“Mr. Huard was deeply saddened by Joey’s death and understandably extremely upset that he was accused — out of the blue, a year after the fact — of causing it. Mr. Huard has had more than enough tragedy in his life of late, and is relieved that this chapter has come to a close.

“Belknap County should be thankful, as Mr. Huard is, for County Attorney Jim Carroll’s over-riding commitment to justice and fearlessly conscientious decision-making,” Barnes concluded.

via Defense happy with decision to drop case – Fosters.

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  1. May 13, 2009 at 8:49 am

    This is wonderful Dr. J! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting us know! I will be sure to check it out and hopefully I can get in on some of the conversations!

    KEH
    ARM-ME Admin

  2. May 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Hi– this is off-topic, and I understand if you remove it– we haven’t talked for a little while but it is good to see you still rockin’– I set up a forum at ‘suboxforum.com’… in retrospect I should have used a different name, but for search purposes the word ‘suboxone’ is useful… anyway I would like it to be a place where people feel welcome discussing ALL treatment options for the nightmare epidemic of opiate dependence– a place where you aren’t attacked for your choices over how to survive. I have a section for methadone, but nobody has used it yet. I would love to have your input– I can also put your feed on the forum, so that each post can be commented on directly. I would expect a mixture of good and bad comments– I’m sure you know how that goes– but I am willing to keep the discussions civil and accurate.

    Think about it, check out the forum…. if you are interested in having your feed there let me know (you can see my feeds for my blogs there) and I will put it up. If you can spare a link or a comment about it, that would be great too!

    Thanks–

    Jeff (of Suboxone Talk Zone)

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