Trial judge will review police officers' files
Monday, January 9, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- The judge who will preside over the trial of an Oregon woman accused of aggravated murder in the death of her newborn baby will review police officer personnel files sought by defense attorneys in the case.
The defense attorneys allege a Springfield police officer showed the woman's sister inappropriate leniency during a traffic stop because she is a key prosecution witness, the Eugene Register-Guard reported (http://bit.ly/x5nZuj ).
Angelica Swartout of Springfield is accused of killing her newborn baby and leaving the body in a Dumpster in October 2010.
Her sister is considered a key prosecution witness. In a divorce filing, her husband said she was let go after a drunken driving stop because of her status as a witness.
Springfield's police chief has denied the accusation.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com