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Judge rejects releasing death investigation details

Information sought by mother of man killed by Easton police last year

EASTON, Pa. - A Northampton County judge has rejected releasing details of the police shooting death of Richard Scheuermann III to his mother.

Lois E. Spaziani had petitioned the court to require Pennsylvania State Police to provide her with the contents of their investigation into the Oct. 24, 2014, death of Scheuermann by an Easton police officer.

That investigation exonerated the officer of any criminal wrongdoing.

Spaziani made several requests to state police for the contents of that state police investigation, including audio and video recordings.

Citing the state Criminal History Record Information Act, also called CHRIA, state police argued they are not required to produce such information.

In a ruling dated July 1, Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano agreed with the police.

"This court finds that the case law makes plain that the CHIA prohibits the dissemination of investigative information to any individual not defined by the act as a criminal justice agency," ruled Giordano,

A lawyer for Spaziani indicated she has not yet determined if she will proceed with further legal action, such as a federal civil rights lawsuit, which should give her access to those records as part of the discovery process.

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