The Douglas County DA’s office has dropped an estimated 50 cases because of officer integrity issues — including one homicide case. And dueling policies about officer truthfulness and bias are straining the relationship between police and prosecutors.
Tearful statements made during a hearing on Friday turned into a shouting match outside the courtroom after a Lawrence man was sentenced to eight years and four months for voluntary manslaughter.
A Douglas County jury on Friday convicted Steven A. Drake, 25, of Lawrence, of voluntary manslaughter in a fatal 2017 shooting.
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