|Widmer detective disputes his personnel file|
|Written by Janice Morse • email@example.com|
|Tuesday, 25 May 2010 13:23|
The lead detective in the Ryan Widmer murder case is disputing information in his personnel file.
The personnel file obtained by The Enquirer contains a letter from Hamilton Township Lt. Jeff Braley that was added late last week. In the letter, Braley wrote that certain representations about his work history and education are "completely fraudulent and not made by myself."
The two documents he is disputing are his handwritten employment application and an "undated resume letter."
Defense lawyers have attempted to use information from that file to attack Braley's credibility in the retrial of Widmer for murder in the 2008 bathtub drowning of his wife, court records show. Widmer's murder conviction from 2009 was thrown out because of juror misconduct and his retrial is now in its third week.
Hamilton Township released the public records after previously withholding them. Township officials had asserted that Warren County Common Pleas Judge Neal Bronson's "gag order" in the Widmer retrial forbade the records' disclosure.
The Enquirer waged a legal battle over the records refusal. Bronson amended his order, stating the order was being "clarified to expressly permit" the township to hand out records as allowed under Ohio's public records act.
Story by Janice Morse of the Cincinnati Enquirer - read the entire story on Cincinnati.com [click here]