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February 13, 2014

Federal judge declines to dismiss entire Singer suit

Trial on 1st Amendment complaint set for April 21



Singer claimed he did nothing wrong and that the suspect’s videotaped statements made to him during an interview established that the suspect had digitally raped the teenage girl against her will even if he didn’t say so in exactly those words. Singer also said the perjury accusation against him was made months after the rape case testimony dispute and in retaliation for his strong criticism of the district attorney’s office for its handling of criminal prosecutions, including several cases resulting from a major drug bust that received prominent coverage in the Claremore Daily Progress.
Judge Frizzell found merit in that argument, writing: “Based on the 18-month interlude between the emergence of the alleged Giglio issue and defendants’ disclosure of the issue, Singer’s mounting criticism of the DA’s office during that same period, and the temporal proximity between the Claremore newspaper article and defendant’s disclosures, a reasonable jury could conclude that defendants’ disclosures were substantially motivated by Singer’s criticism of their performance in the district attorney’s office.”
The judge scheduled April 21 as the trial date for the First Amendment retaliation complaint in Singer’s lawsuit. 
Chad Neuens, Singer’s attorney, said his client was “excited that his story will finally be heard by a jury. We look forward to trying this case.”
DA Steidley was contacted for comment on the judge’s ruling but did not respond by press deadline.

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