Claremore Daily Progress

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September 4, 2013

UPDATE: Police officials want state investigation of DA Steidley

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CLAREMORE —

Steidley’s attorney, Clark Brewster, in a separate news conference in Tulsa, called the moves against her a “mutiny,” adding the DA only wants to do her job and law enforcement officials have to get accustomed to being held accountable.
Brewster said one particular victim may be upset by the decision not to pursue police charges, but the district attorney must consider the evidence and credibility of the case. She has reasons why a case would be declined, he said. 
“It is better to protect the rights and sanctity of the system than it is to please one person, who may have some reason to prosecute,” said Brewster.
Also Wednesday, Brown announced that Assistant Attorney General Tom Bates and District 2 District Attorney Dennis Smith have cleared Claremore Detective John Singer of “Giglio” claims made by Steidley in January. Steidley’s attorney questioned the validity of that announcement.
The term “Giglio” refers to a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring prosecutors to disclose information that could help defendants refute the credibility of witnesses. 
Such disclosures often involve police misconduct and can scar an officer’s reputation.
In Singer’s case, Steidley claimed the detective made false statements in a rape case. That accusation is among the issues raised by the citizens’ petition for a grand jury investigation.
It is also central to a federal lawsuit Singer has filed against the district attorney. Singer’s attorney, Chad Neuens, said the detective intends to use the attorney general’s finding “to further prove the DA used this discredited material to attack Detective Singer.”
Brown reported the attorney general will not pursue perjury charges against Singer, nor will any district attorney. 
He said the announcement clears the detective of a “horrific allegation” and “speaks to a pattern of poor judgment by DA Steidley.”
In response to Brown’s report that the attorney general has cleared Singer of perjury charges, Brewster, the DA’s attorney, said: “I don’t think that is true.”

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