Judge won’t force search of police computers in smoke shop case

Providence, Rhode Island (AP) 2-08

The state won’t have to hire a computer expert to search computers for deleted e-mails related to a 2003 state police raid on a Narragansett Indian Tribe smoke shop.

The dispute is part of a broader legal fight between prosecutors and defense lawyers over evidence sharing leading up to the trial of seven tribe members arrested during the raid for allegedly scuffling with police.

Defense lawyers wanted the state to pay for an expert to search the computers for e-mails from troopers involved in the raid that may have been deleted.

But Superior Court Judge Susan McGuirl ruled during February that searching the computers would be expensive, overly intrusive and unlikely to produce evidence relevant to the case.

 

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