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State Police Seek To Quash Motion

The Virginia State Police are fighting a motion to release documents and communications between law enforcement officers that occurred during a July 2, 2008 incident at Sheetz that resulted in the shooting death of Randolph Neal Seamster Jr. As part of the lawsuit filed against Investigator Thomas Lewis of the South Boston/Halifax Regional Narcotics and Gang Task Force, the plaintiff is demanding the Custodian of Records, Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the Virginia State Police, “produce and permit inspection and copying of all documents and things that relate or pertain to the shooting of Randolph Neal Seamster Jr. on July 2, 2008 in Halifax, Virginia.”

In response to the request for the communication records, Assistant Attorney General Charles A. Quagliato argued in a motion that the information the plaintiff is seeking is privileged, and the plaintiff has failed to show a compelling need for the information and has failed to show his ability to obtain this information from non-privileged sources.

For these reasons the court should quash the subpoena, according to the assistant attorney general.

Defendant Sgt. Thomas Lewis and non-party Tracy Macorsky also filed an objection through the defendant’s lawyer seeking to quash the plaintiff’s subpoena.