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Mug Shot Policy Lawyer Leaves Okla. DA's Office (Jun 22, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Cleveland County's top prosecutor says the attorney responsible for the policy that ended the public release of pretrial-detainee mug shots without a legitimate law enforcement purpose no longer works for the District Attorney's Office.

District Attorney Greg Mashburn says Assistant District Attorney David Batton was no longer an employee as of Friday. Mashburn declined to say whether the mug shot policy had anything to do with Batton's departure from the office.

Mashburn says the policy was based on a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in February that said releasing detainee mug shots to the public is not always required under the Freedom of Information Act.

Mashburn says he plans to review the federal court ruling and determine if the county's mug shot policy will continue.


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