Special for the Missoulian Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Escapee faces charges

A 20-year-old man who failed to return to the Missoula Pre-Release Center on Monday was arrested by County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday afternoon.

Richard Earl Burkhart, who is known to Missoula law enforcement, was detained without incident about 1:30 p.m. at a bank near Southgate Mall where his girlfriend was cashing a check, said Sgt. Willis Hintz of the Sheriff's Department.

Burkhart is serving a five-year sentence to the Department of Corrections for accountability to forgery, a felony.

He told Pre-Release Center authorities he was going to a job Monday at 1 p.m. It later was learned he was not scheduled to work, and a felony escape warrant was issued.

Burkhart will appear in Justice Court on Wednesday.

Mick Holien, Missoulian

Law seminar today

An unusual provision in the Montana Constitution will be the focus of Wednesday's installment of the Montana Constitutional Law Seminar at the University of Montana School of Law.

In the lecture, "The Dignity of the Human Being is Inviolable," Missoula lawyer Matt Clifford and UM philosophy Professor and law Lecturer Tom Huff will discuss the meaning and scope of the provision.

The talk will be held from 1:15 to 2:40 p.m. in the law school's Pope Room. It is free and open to the public.

Clifford formerly was a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy.

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