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No ‘Inherent Authority’ to Acquit After Guilt Finding (access required)

After finding a defendant guilty at a bench trial of grand larceny from a Sears store, a trial court did not have “inherent authority” to defer charges and ultimately find the defendant guilty of a misdemeanor; the Court of Appeals agrees with the trial court that it had no authority to acquit defendant of grand ...