SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A federal judge in Springfield has dismissed a child pornography case against a former Douglas County judge over repeated delays by U.S. prosecutors.
The court ruled Tuesday that the delays violated the defendant's right to a speedy trial.
Former district judge Roger Wall of Ava had faced charges of owning videotapes of child pornography in a case that started in 2005.
Wall had pleaded not guilty. He resigned as a judge in February 2005 and now practices law in Douglas County.
Wall's lawyers welcomed the dismissal.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said he could not comment on the specifics of the court's decision.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.springfieldnews-leader.com