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Prosecutors seek to dismiss charges in Dickinson arson case

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) -- Prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss charges in the case of a former high school principal in Dickinson who was accused of setting fire to his school in March.

Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning said Thursday he filed the motion because after a judge threw out some police interviews with Thomas Sander, insufficient evidence remains for a ''reasonable expectation of conviction.''

The filing comes two days after Southwest District Judge William Herauf ruled that Sander was not read his rights before part of a police interrogation and that some of his statements were coerced.

Sander faced charges of arson and endangerment by fire or explosion.

Defense attorney Lloyd Suhr says he is very pleased.

Henning says the judge could rule on the motion Monday.

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