Former Kansas Sheriff Shares Blame After Newspaper Raid Controversy

Without too much snark . . . Here's the statement from the lawman with local connections:

"Now, in an answer to a federal lawsuit against him, Cody denies most of the allegations against him for his actions before and during the Aug. 11 raid. His defense: he acted reasonably and within constitutional requirements, among other claims.

"Cody also argues the county attorney and law enforcement agencies he turned to for legal advice before the raid never told him that the investigation was legally questionable.

"The state’s top investigative agency, which took over the Marion case following the raid, has not publicly said it is investigating Cody for his actions. But the former police chief said in his filing that the KBI’s continued investigation was “a conflict of interest.”

"Former Marion Police Chief Gideon Cody’s filing, which came in response to a lawsuit filed by Marion County Record reporter Deb Gruver, provides the most detailed account thus far of the events leading up to the search of the local newspaper."

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