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Judge denies access to officers’ files

A criminal defendant is not entitled to “wholesale inspection” of the personnel files of three Pittsburgh police officers suspended for accusations they beat an unarmed honors student in an unrelated case, an Allegheny County judge ruled Tuesday.

Common Pleas Judge Beth Lazzara denied a request from the attorney for Alonzo Kemp, 37, of Garfield to inspect the files of Officers David Sisak, Michael Saldutte and Richard Ewing. Defense attorney Paul Gettleman argued the files would show a pattern of lying about facts in cases.

The officers remain on paid leave and under investigation for the arrest of Jordan Miles, whose family has accused police of beating him when he was arrested Jan. 12 in Homewood.


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