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ISP: Cop Didn’t Lie On Witness Stand

The Idaho State Police says its top accident reconstruction expert did not lie on the witness stand in a fatal road rage case that sent a Hayden man to prison for 25 years, even though the Idaho Supreme Court indicated the police official did give false testimony. ISP officials today released results of their internal investigation into testimony provided by Cpl. Fred Rice, a 28-year agency veteran. Rice was put on paid administrative leave in June after the Supreme Court suggested he perjured himself in the second-degree murder case of Jonathan Wade Ellington (pictured), 50. The justices overturned and ordered a new trial for Ellington, who was convicted for running over a woman during a New Year’s Day 2006 encounter on a Kootenai County highway/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Question: Ah, the Idaho Supreme Court suggested that Cpl. Fred Rice perjured himself in this case. But the ISP sez he didn't lie. Who ya gonna believe?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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