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Case of cussing judge languishes

8th Circuit has yet to rule on '07 dismissal of $20 million case

U.S. Senior Judge Dean Whipple turns his chair to face the witness stand and defendant Sara Lewis-Goetz, a petite young woman with long brown hair streaked with blond. The white-mustached judge leads Lewis-Goetz through the legal implications of changing her plea on a methamphetamine distribution charge to guilty under an agreement with prosecutors. Lewis-Goetz is giving up ...