State defers officer case to state's attorney

April 20, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

An assistant attorney general who headed the probe of a Westminster police officer accused of trying to plant drugs on suspects last summer said his office would defer to the local state's attorney on whether to file charges.

"The investigation by the Maryland State Police and the state attorney general's office is completed, and we are turning over our files to the Carroll County state's attorney to make an assessment on whether to prosecute or not," Emmet Davitt, assistant attorney general, said in a formal statement yesterday.

Officer Richard A. Ruby was suspended with pay Feb. 4 after Westminster Police Chief Roger Joneckis requested the independent investigation in the wake of complaints by two Westminster officers. They alleged that during unrelated incidents July 17, Ruby produced a small plastic bag containing what they suspected was narcotics.

Ruby, a detective assigned to drug investigations, was never accused of planting drugs on suspects and no one was arrested in either incident.

Ruby has denied doing anything wrong, and Shawn Larson, his attorney in Westminster, has maintained the matter was not criminal and should be handled administratively by Joneckis.

Jerry F. Barnes, Carroll's state's attorney, has said since February that he would review the information obtained by investigators for the Maryland attorney general and would proceed if facts warranted prosecution.

Barnes and his staff have had to drop charges in more than a dozen drug cases in which Ruby would have been a material witness for the state, he said.

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