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Judge upholds ruling in hate crime case

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Scotts Bluff County prosecutors have lost an appeal of a county judge's dismissal of a hate crime case.
On Monday District Court Judge Leo Dobrovolny upheld the ruling by County Court Judge James Worden.

In February, Worden ended a trial and dismissed the case against 18-year-old Alysha Schwartzkopf of Gering.

She was accused of scrawling the n-word on the window of a biracial classmate's car in October.

Worden agreed with the defense that state graffiti statutes don't apply to vehicles. Dobrovolny agreed with Worden's ruling.
Scotts Bluff County attorney Doug Warner says he hasn't decided yet whether to take the case to the state Court of Appeals.

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