Newsbrief: Coked-Out Judge Busted 7/26/02

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Utah 4th District Judge Ray M. Harding, Jr. faces cocaine and heroin possession charges after his wife called police to their suburban Salt Lake City home on July 13. Anne Harding told police in a call at 7:30am on a Saturday morning that her husband had been up all night using cocaine and heroin and "had been acting out of her control," the Salt Lake Tribune reported. She handed arriving officers a bag containing approximately one-half gram of cocaine.

Police found another one-third of a gram hidden in the home studio, as well as "snort tubes" [Ed: Do they mean straws?] which tested positive for cocaine, and other paraphernalia, including pieces of tinfoil with burned residue, baking soda and a burned metal spoon as they searched the house. They also seized a copy of "Faith, Hope, and Courage," a self-help book for cocaine abusers.

Harding tested positive for cocaine, opiates and barbiturates that afternoon, police said. Police described Harding as staggering, shaky and unstable on his feet when arrested, adding that he fell asleep as they watched.

Criminal charges are pending. In the meantime, Harding, who regularly presided over drug cases, has been suspended from his judicial duties by the Utah Supreme Court.

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