Prosecutors don't have to testify in lawsuit

PHOENIX - Prosecutors won't be forced to testify at depositions in a false-arrest lawsuit filed by a landscaper once charged in some of the freeway shootings in metro Phoenix during the summer of 2015.

Judge David Campbell ruled Monday that prosecutors who handled Leslie Merritt Jr.'s now-dismissed case made a credible assertion that prosecutorial immunity prevents the depositions.
    
Prosecutors argued much of the information that Merritt's lawyers sought from them wasn't subject to the evidence-exchange process in criminal cases.
    
Merritt insisted he was innocent but spent seven months in jail before his release.
    
His case was dismissed after an expert said a crime lab incorrectly concluded that ballistic evidence linked Merritt's gun to four of the 11 shootings.
 

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