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Judge: Calif. officers must prove existence of informants

By Paul T. Rosynsky
Oakland Tribune

OAKLAND, Calif. — Two Oakland police officers embroiled in the department's search warrant imbroglio will have to meet with an Alameda County Superior Court judge next week to prove the existence of confidential informants the officers said were used to purchase suspected drugs on the street, the judge ruled Thursday.

Acting on a request from the county public defender's office, Judge Sandra Bean requested that Officers Francisco Martinez and Alan Leal meet with her for a closed-door session to answer questions from defense attorneys and provide information proving the existence of informants.

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