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Union County district attorney tosses 39 cases

MONROE (AP) — The Union County District Attorney’s office has dismissed cases involving 39 defendants because Monroe police failed to complete the paperwork necessary for prosecution.

The Charlotte Observer reports District Attorney Trey Robison said most of the cases involved drugs or financial fraud. Robison said the dismissals did not result in any inmates being released from jail.

According to a city spokesman, Monroe City Manager John D’Agostino met with Robison on Tuesday and called the failure by police officers to complete the paperwork “inexcusable,”

“After speaking with Mr. Robison, it appears this negligence of duties is not a new issue, and with a new city manager and new interim police chief, I assured him it will be rectified,” D’Agostino said.

D’Agostino said Thursday that Interim Police Chief Bryan Gilliard already has installed changes to monitor cases better and to change how data is entered and updated by computer.

Gilliard said he is conducting an internal investigation to determine which officers were responsible for the case dismissals and said disciplinary action is possible in some cases.

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