Key evidence ruled out in case against Reno police deputy chief

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Updated: 3/27/2013 12:51 pm
Reno, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A key piece of evidence in a months long investigation involving a Reno Police deputy chief was thrown out by a judge Tuesday.

Judge Brent Adams ruled that a secretly recorded conversation between Reno deputy police chief Dave Evans and former Sargent James Stegmaier was in violation of city policy.

The policy says a peace officer cannot secretly record a conversation with another.

Evans has been on paid administrative leave since August 2012. He's been involved in an Reno Police Department internal affairs investigation.

Stegmaier secretly recorded a conversation with Evans on his cell phone last year in a Sparks restaurant parking lot. He was also under investigation at the time and was seeking advice on what to do from Evans. 
        
Stegmaier's attorney Ken McKenna said he doesn't believe the city's policy is fair and doesn't agree with the judge's ruling.

"There's no better evidence than a 100 percent accurate audio recording," said McKenna by phone Wednesday. "And for the city to have a rule that says audio recordings can't be used is really a way to encourage dishonest testimony."

Phone calls to Evans' attorney David Houston were not immediately returned on Wednesday.
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cpncopper - 9/27/2013 10:09 PM
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If you are not doing anything wrong you should not fear being recorded. Is that not what law enforcement and other forms of government tell up repeatedly? Who wrote this policy?

Zerts - 3/28/2013 12:22 PM
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It's pretty sad when a judge determines that city policy overrides state law.

roger8777 - 3/28/2013 8:38 AM
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WOW!!!! The City of Reno has changed for the worse in so many ways!!

Renocorruption - 3/28/2013 8:32 AM
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Hey I just made up my own policy, I cannot be charged with any crime for any reason, ever, period. that's my new policy, if the cops can make a policy to protect their pathetic old boys club, then why cant I?

nvjimmy - 3/28/2013 7:54 AM
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A recorded conversation between you and me can be used as evidence but not between two city employees? Not right judge, police are not above the law!
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