I am rather disgusted by this comment made by one of the defense attorneys to the AJC reporter about the fact that the officers obtained the search warrant based on lies about an informant buying drugs at Kathryn Johnston’s house:
Csehy conceded his client may have made mistakes, but he said Junnier didn’t commit murder. “There was no malfeasance here. It was sloppy police work,” Csehy said. “It was cutting corners.”
That is just sick. They lied and brought about the death of an innocent citizen. Under Biblical law, those who bear false witness are to suffer the same sentence as would the one who was the victim of the false witness. Kathryn Johnston died. Jail time for murder is not an excessive penalty.
Further, I discussed the possible charges against the cops or the confidential informant (if he lied) here.
This part is interesting:
Johnston’s family was angry that Howard was bringing the case to the grand jury, spokesman Hutchins said.
“The family of Kathryn Johnston is extremely unhappy and disappointed with today’s turn of events. Mr. Howard’s move today of pressing charges would effectively limit the scope of and the potential charges of a federal investigation, and borders on tampering with a federal investigation.”
Why is the local D.A. leapfrogging over the federal investigation to prosecute the police officers? I prefer that states prosecute crimes over the federal government. However, here I am a little suspicious. What does this D.A. think will be gained by prosecuting before the federal investigation is complete?