Whistleblower's lawyer makes conflict claim in drowning case

4 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Friday, July 31 2015 Jul 31, 2015 Friday, July 31, 2015 8:01:00 AM CDT July 31, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - An attorney for a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper who criticized the agency after a handcuffed Iowa man fell from a patrol boat and drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks said it is a conflict for state Attorney General Chris Koster to represent police in a lawsuit involving his client.

The Kansas City Star reported Koster is representing several patrol members in a lawsuit related to the drowning of Brandon Ellingson. Because Sgt. Randy Henry is a witness for the plaintiffs, attorney Chet Pleban claimed Koster's office is "representing everybody who is at odds" with Henry. Pleban filed a conflict-of-interest motion in the case.

Koster spokeswoman Nanci Gonder said the attorney general's office doesn't discuss pending litigation.

The patrol has said it intends to demote Henry.

 

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