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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

St. Louis Police Board to Release Full Investigation into World Series Ticket Scandal

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 2:29 PM

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The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners today announced that it would not fight a judge's order requiring it to turn over its entire Internal Affairs investigation into the so-called World Series Ticket Scandal.

The case stems from the 2006 World Series in which police officers were accused of taking tickets from scalpers and then giving them away to family and friends. In April St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Philip Heagney ordered the police board to release the full investigation following a long court battle between the cops and gadfly John Chasnoff, represented by the ACLU.

Earlier this month, Heagney ordered the police board to pay Chasnoff's attorney fees and court costs. The board had balked at releasing the entire file of its investigation into the scandal citing the "Garrity Rule" that protects the confidentiality of police testimony to Internal Affairs officers.

"This came as quite a surprise," ACLU legal director Tony Rothert tells Daily RFT. "We had fully expected them to appeal and for us to win on appeal."

Rothert says he expects the board to turn over the internal affairs file this coming Monday -- the deadline date set during last month's court ruling. "After battling over this for over three years, what's another few days?" jokes Rothert.

The entire Internal Affairs file should shed light as to which officers knew about the ticket scandal and when.

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