- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 2, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A judge has ruled there was not enough evidence to criminally charge a former University of Vermont student accused of making a racist threat in an overheard conversation.

The ruling by Vermont Superior Court Judge David Fenster became public Tuesday.

In October, UVM continuing education student Wesley Richter was charged with one count of disorderly conduct. Prosecutors had alleged that Richter made violent threats against black students in an overheard phone conversation.

Richter maintained his innocence.

Richter’s lawyer, Ben Luna, has said the conversation contained no threats.

The Burlington Free Press reports Luna said in a statement the ruling is a victory for free speech.

Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George said she disagreed with the decision.

UVM said Richter is not currently enrolled and officials were unable to learn more about the dismissal.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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