Buchanan v. State

In Buchanan v. State, 561 P.2d 1197 (Alaska 1977), when the parties appeared in court for the defendant's scheduled preliminary examination, the prosecutor announced that the State was about to present Buchanan's case to the grand jury -- and that, for this reason, the State would decline to present any evidence at the preliminary examination. Upon hearing the prosecutor declare that the State would not present any evidence to establish that Buchanan was guilty of a criminal offense, the district court dismissed the charges against Buchanan and released him from custody.