Wyoming Prosecutor Censured For Allowing False Testimony In Case Trying Hemp Farmers As Marijuana Traffickers

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He admitted to the state Supreme Court that his questioning of a cop “had the effect of further muddying the record.” By Andrew Graham, WyoFile.com The Wyoming Supreme Court has censured a Cheyenne attorney for allowing a Division of Criminal Investigation agent to make false testimony during a 2020 case in which law enforcement sought to prosecute hemp farmers as marijuana traffickers. DCI Special Agent Jon Briggs, the lead investigator in the case, falsely testified about a critical exchange with one of the defendants that occurred when officers stormed the operation outside Albin, the Supreme Court found. During the Nov. 2019 raid, Brock Dyke, a contract farmer, provided Briggs with test results indicating that the crop was legal. But in an initial July 2020 hearing, Briggs testified that he remembered Dyke’s tests as possibly showing the hemp to be above the legal THC limit. The prosecutor, Laramie County senior assistant district attorney David Singleton, made no effort to correct the testimony. Following the hearing, defense attorney Tom Jubin asked Briggs and Singleton to correct the record for the court. Instead, the two men attempted to bolster the false testimony in a subsequent court hearing in August, during which Briggs also lied about his awareness of Jubin’s request, according to the Supreme Court’s Order of Public Censure. Singleton admitted to violating the Wyoming judiciary’s rules of professional conduct and has agreed to pay $800 in administrative fees to the Wyoming State Bar. The rebuke from the state’s highest court came nine months after a Laramie County judge threw out the case against Debra Palm-Egle and her son Joshua Egle, hemp farmers and industry advocates who helped legalize the crop in Wyoming. Singleton sought to charge the Egles, along with a contractor and his wife, Brock and Shannon Dyke, with drug trafficking conspiracy charges that could…

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