Judge OKs questioning over prosecutor’s ‘exclusion list’
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge has ruled that a top official in the circuit attorney’s office and a police major must submit to questioning about an “exclusion list” of officers drawn up by prosecutors.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the ruling on Tuesday was a victory for the police union’s effort to determine why Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office in August blacklisted 28 officers , meaning they won’t be permitted as primary witnesses in criminal cases. She has said only that prosecutors have “the responsibility to defend the integrity of the criminal justice system.”
Gardner’s office has said police Maj. Michael Sack asked them to create the list. Police Chief John Hayden denies it.
The judge’s ruling allows for questioning of Sack and Gardner’s chief warrant officer, Chris Hinckley.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com