Judge disqualifies prosecutors for ‘sloppy’ work in George Floyd case

Judge disqualifies prosecutors for ‘sloppy’ work in George Floyd case

[Ed. – It sounds as if the judge got it right and that the county attorney, with the support of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, is trying to bully him into reversing his ruling.]

Citing “sloppy” work, a judge on Friday banned Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and three of his staffers from working on the case against the former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death, but he is reconsidering after Freeman pushed back.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill issued the ruling during a nearly 3 ½-hour hearing that covered a wide range of topics.

The ruling related to a meeting some staff lawyers had with the Hennepin County medical examiner, a likely witness in the case, which allegedly violated the rules of professional conduct for attorneys.

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“I think it was sloppy not to have someone [else] present [at a meeting with] a primary witness in this case,” Cahill said.

Freeman’s office released a statement afterward defending its work. …

According to Freeman’s statement, “The meeting was completely routine. …

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