Former BYU Officer Fights Embezzlement Charges

Former BYU Officer Fights Embezzlement Charges


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(Provo-AP) -- A former Brigham Young University financial officer -- who is facing embezzlement charges -- argues that the university should have been required to get search warrants before they confiscated his work computer and found the evidence now being used to prosecute him.

John Davis filed a motion seeking to have the charges against him thrown out.

But prosecutors say the computers belong to B-Y-U, not the suspect, so the school didn't need a search warrant. Further, B-Y-U is a private institution and wasn't acting as a state agent.

Judge James Taylor has taken the motion under advisement and will issue a written ruling later.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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