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New Jersey ruling will not affect Missouri police lineups

Date: August 29, 2011
By: Mariel Seidman-Gati
State Capitol Bureau

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Two major Missouri police associations say an East Coast suspect lineup ruling won't change things here in Missouri.
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Wrap: The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled to standardize suspect lineups to try to avoid influencing eyewitness testimony.

But representatives from the St Louis Police Officers Association and Missouri Fraternal Order of Police say they don't think the ruling will affect Missourians.

Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St Louis Police Officers Association, says although Missouri's police officers take care that lineups aren't tainted, this is an area of national concern.

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Description: "We as the Police Officers Association know that our cops are doing the right thing and will continue to do so whatever the law is."

Roorda also says Missouri doesn't have a standardized lineup procedure, but varies by county.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Mariel Seidman-Gati.

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A New Jersey Supreme Court decision is stirring reactions from police organizations nationwide.
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Wrap: The court ruled to standardize suspect lineups to try to avoid influencing eyewitness testimony.

But in Missouri, Jeff Roorda, business manager of the St Louis Police Officers Association, says the New Jersey ruling does not reflect police practices nationwide.

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Description: "Well I think it's a public reaction to some very small percentage of cases where the process has been abused."

Roorda says he hasn't heard of any plans to regulate police lineups in Missouri.

In Jefferson City, I'm Mariel Seidman-Gati.


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