Former Sen. Lathrop Calls for Federal Investigation Into Corrections Case

By Deena Winter | From Watchdog.org

LINCOLN, Neb. — Former state Sen. Steve Lathrop is calling for a federal investigation into allegations former Attorney General Jon Bruning’s office advised the state corrections department not to heed a 2009 Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that the state could not order sex offenders to be supervised for life but must leave that to juries.
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WAR OF WORDS: In September, former Attorney General Jon Bruning blasted corrections lawyers for saying his office advised them not to heed a Supreme Court ruling on supervising sex offenders. Internal documents indicate otherwise.
Lathrop, who led a legislative investigation into prison scandals last year, released a statement Tuesday saying, “It is time for the U.S. attorney to fully and fairly investigate what has occurred in the Department of Corrections and the Attorney General’s office.”
Nebraska Watchdog reported Monday that contrary to what former Attorney General Jon Bruning told reporters in September, internal documents obtained under the state public records act indicate his office did advise corrections to continue assessing whether sex offenders should be placed under lifetime supervision.

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