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Sun May 16, 2021, 09:11 AM

Drug case falls apart, raising questions about existence of informant


The officers left that day with one handgun, 2 pounds of meth and Moore in zip ties. If convicted, Moore faced 13 years in prison.

But it didn't go that way. Over the next seven months, what had looked like a rock-solid case turned to dust as two public defenders uncovered what a judge called a "reckless disregard for truth" in the police investigation.

Chief among the questions that unraveled the case: Did Minneapolis police officer Tony Partyka embellish key information from a trusted informant or worse?

"We think that the confidential informant in this case may not have existed," said Tanya Bishop, one of Moore's public defenders.

Anyone who thinks the Minneapolis PD can be reformed is simply not paying attention.

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