Hays County District Attorney Sherri Tibbe said Monday that her office will have no response to the newest remarks from Lynn Peach, the former assistant district attorney who resigned last week in protest over the office’s handling of a recent drug prosecution.
“The only side being presented publicly is Ms. Peach’s continued interaction with the press,” Tibbe’s office said in a prepared statement. “We prefer to have the facts and circumstances presented in court proceedings where they will be properly and thoroughly addressed by a judge and jury.”
In an interview Monday with Newstreamz, Peach said she was compelled by the rules of her profession to inform the counsel for convicted steroid runner Shawn Nathan Shipman about possible improprieties in the investigation leading to Shipman’s arrest in October 2007.
Shipman pleaded guilty in March and was sentenced to his 498 days served.
Shipman’s attorney, David Watts, moved for a re-trial. Peach testified that the original informant against Shipman was not a concerned citizen, as police and prosecutors represented. Rather, said Peach, the original informant was a confidential informant who was cooperating with police to better her own legal situation.
Shortly after Peach testified, District Judge Jack Robison recused himself from the case and the district attorney’s office was not given the chance to cross-examine Peach. Shipman was granted a new trial on May 4, with Tibbe offering no objection.
Shipman’s new trial is set for late June.Email | Print