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Editorial: Framed, and cleared by a camera

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We don’t know if Donald Andrews, the Scotia smoke shop owner who was arrested in April after a raid by the county Sheriff’s Department and Scotia police, was technically the victim of malicious prosecution or false arrest, as he alleges in his notice of claim (precursor to a lawsuit). But that he was innocent there is no doubt. The Sheriff’s Department already acknowledged that after security cameras — Andrews’ own — showed he had been ...

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July 28, 2013
8:47 a.m.

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Did the Sheriff's department ever explain why the informant's name was never released? Does The Gazette approve the use of these confidential informant's who have a motive to lie, fabricate and manufacture evidence? Using informants in this Fashion should be abolished or mandate that such buys are videotaped. Mr. Andrews was fortunate he had the surveillance equipment to prove his innocence otherwise he might very well still be sitting in jail.