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Deceased inmate’s testimony in dispute for guard’s trial

November 23, 2018

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys in the case of a prison guard accused of sexually abusing female inmates are at odds over whether the testimony of a now-deceased inmate should be admitted as evidence.

Mark Johnson is one of seven former guards charged in February with trading food, cigarettes or extra phone time for sex.

His attorney is arguing that admitting the evidence would be prejudicial because he wouldn’t be able to cross-examine the witness. Alleged victim Tammy Fox testified at Johnson’s preliminary hearing but died in a car crash in August.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports prosecutors argued this week that state law allows the evidence to be introduced if defense attorneys have previously been able to cross-examine the witness.

Johnson faces numerous counts and is scheduled for trial in June.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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