Prisons panel asks judge to order staff testimony

Aug 29, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative committee investigating Nebraska's prison sentencing miscalculations has asked a judge to order testimony from five people who asserted their right to remain silent.

The committee is seeking the order under a state law that would prohibit comments they make from being used against them in a criminal prosecution. Lancaster County District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy could rule as early as Friday afternoon.

A motion filed by the committee says five former and current Nebraska prison officials asserted their right after they were subpoenaed to testify at a hearing next week.

The former employees are George Green and Sharon Lindgren, who retired two weeks ago under threat of being fired, and Jeannene Douglass, who retired earlier. The current employees are Kyle Poppert and Kathleen Blum, who were both suspended.

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