What’s the Matter With Indiana?


Just your run-of-the-mill case of a GOP official assaulting a Democratic congressional candidate and a newspaper reporter. So why shouldn’t local GOP bigwigs get to see the sheriff’s investigative report about the incident before the local Democratic prosecutor does?

The Delaware County [Indiana] prosecutor wants to know why Republican Party officials were given access to police reports on a fight involving a voter registration deputy, a reporter and a candidate before the documents reached his desk.

“The Republican Party chairman is not a member of the law enforcement community and does not have access to police reports,” Prosecutor Mark McKinney, a Democrat, said Wednesday. …

McKinney said GOP officials had access to investigatory documents such as witness statements that are not part of the public record and said he would look into how they were released.

[Thanks to TPM Reader MS for the link.]


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