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Manchester shopping cart sting case is dead, prosecutor says
The case started in early December, when Manchester police arrested Ramasci after he took bagged merchandise and a purse with $60 from an unattended shopping cart at the T.J. Maxx plaza. Manchester police had placed the items in the cart as part of a sting designed to apprehend would-be thieves. Police charged him with misdemeanor theft of lost or mislaid property.
In his ruling, Lyons sided with defense attorney Joe Kelly Levasseur. The lawyer had argued that Ramasci could not be convicted of the crime because the property was neither lost nor mislaid — police knew where it was all the time.
A legal expert on Wednesday said an appeal would open Ramasci up to double jeopardy — the retrial of a defendant after an innocent verdict, a practice forbidden by the U.S. Constitution.
However, she said she will keep Lyons’ order in mind when making decisions about how to charge such crimes in the future.
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