Published on November 30, 2011 | by LawNews
Prof. Eric Lane Discusses Feud Between DA, Police in Bernie Fine Investigation
By Paul Riede
November 27, 2011
James Cohen, an assistant professor of law at Fordham University and a criminal defense attorney, agreed that Fitzpatrick is right to be upset about the police not freely sharing records.
“It’s highly, highly, highly unusual for there not to be cooperation between the police department and district attorney’s office,” he said. “If the district attorney expresses interest in a case that the police are already investigating, nine times out of 10, or even more, the two organizations cooperate with one another.”
“It is ridiculously embarrassing to have to go to court for those records,” he said. But both men, who reviewed Fitzpatrick’s news conference and the news coverage surrounding it at The Post-Standard’s request, said the DA went overboard.
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