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Resource ID: #26885
Subject: Courts
Source: The News Tribune
Date: 2024-04-17



TNT's story uncovered a bungled prosecution based on demonstrably false facts, and subsequent attempts to conceal prosecutorial errors from the defense and the courts over a four-year span. The defendant sued for false arrest and sought disclosure of relevant records. Prosecutors tried to prevent that disclosure and failed. A sheriff's deputy sought to disclose information revealing the same missteps; prosecutors tried to prevent it, and failed. Subsequently, they tried to label the deputy as a dishonest cop. The deputy resisted; prosecutors sought to silence him with a barrage of legal fees. They failed. The story exposed the scorched-earth tactics of prosecutors bent on winning by any means necessary, even if it meant discrediting a law enforcement officer who told the truth. Intertwined cases are still active, tied to multiple appeals in higher courts; prosecutors continue to lose those arguments.

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