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(SD)-Former Pine Ridge Doctor Challenging Search Warrant In Abuse Case

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/02/2017 10:56 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A former Indian Health Service doctor facing multiple charges of abusing minors over an 11 year period while working at the IHS hospital in Pine Ridge is challenging whether evidence seized with a search warrant can be used against him because the warrant was defective.

       68-year old Dr Stanley Weber of Spearfish faces up to life behind bars for the alleged incidents between 1998 and 2011.
      At a hearing on Wednesday, Inspector Curt Muller with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services testified that some of the young men accusing Weber said he'd given them items or money in exchange for sex and that the search warrant was to find evidence corroborating their stories.

       Muller said he went through the normal procedure to obtain a search warrant for Weber's home, but agreed with Weber's attorney that the warrant was missing critical information.

     Prosecutors say police acted in good faith despite the errors in drafting the warrant, but the defense argues the missing information made the warrant defective and the evidence - paper documents and electronic devices - inadmissible.

     U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann will rule on Weber's request after lawyers submit written arguments.


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