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Minnesota Police Officer Immune From Claims She Made Up Evidence

June 12, 2019, 6:20 PM

A police officer accused of framing nine people during a sex-trafficking investigation is off the hook even if she did it, a federal appeals court ruled June 12.

The lawsuit by six acquitted criminal defendants accused Minnesota cop Heather Weyker of deceiving prosecutors, the grand jury, and other law enforcement officers during a 10-year, four-state investigation by fabricating reports, hiding evidence, and pressuring alleged victims into lying. The appeals court that upheld the acquittals expressed its concern “that this story of sex trafficking and prostitution may be fictitious.”

A federal judge in 2017 allowed the plaintiffs—the former criminal defendants—to move...

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