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Friday, September 5, 2008

Perjury Charge Against Seattle Cop Dropped

posted by on September 5 at 13:41 PM

The Meade County State’s Attorney has dropped perjury charges against SPD detective Ron Smith for his involvement in the August 8th shooting of a Hell’s Angel at a biker rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

The perjury charge apparently stemmed from confusion over whether the gun Smith used in the shooting was his personal firearm or a SPD service weapon.

Records from SPD initially indicated the gun was department issued, but further investigation revealed Smith had purchased the weapon from the department in 1996.

Smith still faces assault and weapons charges

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Does "further investigation" mean sources produced by the SPD, or found elsewhere?

Posted by Trevor | September 5, 2008 2:24 PM

He should get a medal.

Posted by Sirkowski | September 5, 2008 3:57 PM

All charges will be dropped.

Posted by six shooter | September 5, 2008 5:56 PM

"Seattle police later discovered that the gun Smith used was not a department-issued gun, but was one purchased by Smith from the Seattle police Athletic Association in 1996."

Does this sound fishy to anyone? Whoops! Now that you're charging him with perjury, we realize we made an error?

Posted by Trevor | September 5, 2008 6:17 PM

I got a real problem with this cop and especially this cop investigation.

Posted by Amelia | September 5, 2008 8:06 PM

A prosecutor does not deserve the title if he can't get a grand jury to indict.

Let's say, for example, the police officer owns two guns. Gun A is his personal gun. He bought it from the department five years ago at the end of its service life. Gun B is his department gun. Gun A and Gun B are the exact same model of gun. Their only difference is age and serial number.

Let's say, for example, a prosecutor in an investigation asks the police officer which gun he brought with him into the bar.

The police officer answers "my department issued gun."

The prosecutor says "are you sure?"

The police officer answers "absolutely."

The prosecutor then points out to a grand jury the serial number of gun taken at the bar does not match that of his police issued gun.

Has the police officer perjured himself? Has he made a mistake? Did he lie for a reason?

These questions fall outside the purpose of the grand jury. These are questions for a trial jury if the case ever goes to trial. Therefore, an indictment.

Once again: Expect all charges to be dropped. The wheels of justice are slow, but they will turn.

Posted by six shooter | September 5, 2008 8:08 PM

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