Closing Arguments Filed for Show Cause Hearing

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Closing Arguments Filed for Show Cause Hearing

Written closing arguments were filed Monday in 7th Judicial District Court in Casper in regard to the request for records lawsuit filed by Lovcom, Inc., in the Kristi Richardson and Mick McMurry cases.

The written arguments filed by Wyoming Assistant Attorney General John Brodie, representing the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, and Bruce Moats, representing Lovcom, pertain to the recent Order to Show Cause hearing that was held in District Court in Casper before Judge Thomas Sullins.

Lovcom is requesting the records from the Casper Police Department of the missing persons case of Kristi Richardson, as well as the department’s investigation into the death of Mick McMurry. Lovcom Attorney Bruce Moats, in the closing argument, said that the blanket position taken by the DCI, that no record in the Casper Police Department files may be released is not favored by Wyoming public records law. Moats also highlighted testimony that Former Casper Police Chief Chris Walsh provided at the Show Cause hearing. Walsh, who had retired prior to the Richardson disappearance and McMurry suicide, testified that the potential connection between the two cases should have “absolutely” been investigated.

Moats closed by saying that this is an extraordinary case, one where boilerplate assertions of harm to the investigation cannot overcome the legitimate public interest in the conduct of the investigation, and that the parties and public deserve to have the curtain lifted.

Lovcom President, Kim Love says that the Court could rule a number of different ways, and the direction of the Judge’s ruling will weigh heavily on what the next step in the process will be.

Love talks about what may happen if the Court rules against the records request.

The transcript of the Show Cause hearing, along with the closing argument from Lovcom and the deposition of former Interim Chief Steve Schulz can be viewed by clicking on the attachments provided below.

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show_cause.closing_argument.pdf315.05 KB
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lovcom_order_to_show_cause.pdf737.4 KB

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