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February 4, 2013

Det. Singer files suit against DA

CLAREMORE — Claremore Police Detective John F. Singer asked a federal court Monday to block the District Attorney’s Office from disseminating information that he contends falsely accuses him of improperly testifying in an old criminal case.

The request was contained in a motion for both a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction against District Attorney Janice Steidley, her first assistant, M. Bryce Lair, and the state of Oklahoma.
The U.S. District Court for Oklahoma’s Northern District took no immediate action on the motion. It is expected a hearing will be held on the motion at which time both parties can present their arguments for and against it. 
Steidley had no immediate comment on the motion, the complete text of which is posted below.
The federal filing is the latest action in a dispute between Singer and Steidley over whether he violated the so-called Giglio rule that prohibits police officers and other public officials from withholding crucial information or testifying falsely in criminal cases.
A week ago, Singer filed a motion in Rogers County District Court to contest Steidley’s distribution of information questioning the police detective’s credibility as a witness in a 2011 rape case.
Steidley has said she was obligated to notify defense attorneys in several criminal cases investigated by Singer of what she believed was misconduct. 
She could not be reached for reaction to Singer’s federal court request that she be prohibited from further distribution of the accusatory information.
In his federal court motion, Singer said dissemination of the information threatens his career as a law enforcement officer, and would cause “irreparable injury” to his reputation. 
He made similar assertions last week in his state court filing.
“Because of Singer’s exemplary record as a law enforcement officer, Steidley and Lair decided to manufacture evidence that Singer had acted improperly during the investigation of one of his cases, and then  used this manufactured evidence against Singer in order to destroy his career and ruin his reputation,” the detective’s attorney said in the federal motion.

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