Finding and reading the actual dismissal is illuminating.
According to Court Records (here
) the Judge made the right call on the firearms charge. I'm thinking that the warrant obtained was clouded; there were no chemical smells upon approaching or entering the house. Any/All evidence would've been ruled inadmissible.
The shrapnel inhaled was in fact 5mm (millimeters), not 5 inches as reported (in several accounts).
The driving while intoxicated charged was dismissed because there was a medical finding for use and no alcohol was found... Contrary to what the article stated, there was a satisfactory explanation for this dismissal.
After reading the dismissal, the Judge used his discretion properly. He saved the taxpayers money by not having a bogus trial.