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Why were Perlitz' charges dismissed?

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It came a shock the week before last when a federal judge dismissed all charges in the government's high-profile prosecution of Douglas Perlitz, a graduate of Jeusit-run Fairfield University in Connecticut. The government had charged Perlitz with using an internationally known youth charity in Haiti that he founded to give him access to boys with whom he could have sex. Perlitz was well connected with Connecticut Catholics.
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Federal charges are expected to refiled the charges and Perlitz was still in custody as the blog is being written, but this gambit seems to part of Perlitz' legal strategy. Bridgeport, Conn., attorney Richard Meehan Jr. explains: Ruling reinforces importance of location in prosecution

Meehan says that Perlitz may have won this opening skirmish, but "it may turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory."

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