Judge fired after overdue DVD arrest

April 7, 2010 at 7:03 PM

LITTLETON, Colo., April 7 (UPI) -- Officials in a Colorado city fired a municipal judge for issuing an arrest warrant for a teenager with an overdue DVD from the local library.

Littleton City Council members said they offered Municipal Judge James Kimmel the chance to resign with a severance package, but he refused and they were forced to fire him, The Denver Post reported Wednesday.

"I'm disappointed and saddened the situation has reached this stage," Councilman Bruce Stahlman said.

Council members said the incident that led to Kimmel's dismissal began when Aaron Henson, 19, checked out "House of Flying Daggers" on DVD from the Bemis Public Library and failed to return it on time. They said the DVD got mixed in with his boxes when he moved to Lakewood, Colo.

Kimmel issued an order Dec. 2 requiring Henson's appearance in court Jan. 14 regarding the overdue item. The summons was returned as undeliverable because Henson had moved, but Kimmel still issued a bench warrant for Henson's arrest when he failed to show up for court, officials said.

Henson was pulled over Jan. 25 and held for eight hours in jail before he was bailed out.

The council cited Kimmel's "lack of good judgment" in the incident and other cases during Tuesday's meeting.

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