Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Judge: Release video

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FRANKFORT - A Franklin circuit judge ruled state police must release a videotape of a traffic stop of a Northern Kentucky teen who spent the night in jail for speeding.

The state had refused to release the tape, citing a 1984 law that made police videos of suspected drunken drivers confidential. It was requested by The Cincinnati Enquirer under open records law in April.

The teen's attorney claims in a civil suit against the jail that deputies told jail guards the teen had been uncooperative and needed to be taught a lesson.

Three inmates have been convicted of assaulting him while he was in the Grant County jail.

The teen was arrested for failing to stop for a trooper during a traffic stop. He has pleaded guilty to speeding 26 mph over the limit.

In the order dated Jan. 22, Judge William Graham wrote that state police offered no evidence the teen was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Attorneys for state police have not said whether they will appeal.


E-mail jhannah@enquirer.com

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