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August trial date tentatively set for accused Safe Haven embezzler

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An August trial date has been tentatively set for the 70-year-old guardian accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from numerous wards.

Judy Widener is charged with nine felony theft by taking charges from her clients between 2012 and 2013. In an amended compliant, more than $23,300 worth of missing funds are highlighted from wards from all over the state- including Scotts Bluff, Morrill, Lancaster, and Nuckolls County.

Today in court, District Judge Leo Dobrovolny heard Defense Attorney Sterling Huff's motions for depositions, motion to unseal orders and motion to compel. County Attorney Doug Warner Objected to numerous items from the motion to compel.

Huff argues that the state needs to show the correspondence of subpoenas between the County Attorneys office and State Auditor's Office. Warner countered that the state statute Huff was using dealt solely with intercepted communication, and that he was "comparing apples to oranges."

Huff contends that if the County Attorney's Office has the ability to start issuing subpoenas without the court's authority, it is a director violation of the 4th Amendment.

Judge Dobrovolny said he heard all the evidence, and will make a ruling on the motion to compel early next week.

Huff also filed a motion to continue, which was granted. That means the earliest this matter will now go to trial is during the jury term that begins on August 4, 2014. 

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