Detective accused of warrant shopping
BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White's Attorney Jill Craft accused Detective Cleveland "Mack" Thomas of shopping around, going judge to judge to obtain a search warrant to investigate her client.
Police executed that warrant last week after a court commissioner, Nicole Robinson, finally signed it. Amanda Love, one of White's attorneys, told the court Det. Thomas first asked Judge Lou Daniel who denied his request.
Investigators searched the home of Kim McCants and took her cell phone as part of a criminal investigation to find Former Chief White's city-parish issued phone.
The warrant indicates White and McCants exchanged thousand of text messages over the part year along with hundreds of phone calls.
According to the warrant, her phone was vital to confirm the relationship between White and McCants, and show White has the phone.
Craft continues to challenge the purpose of the warrant and said she has the phone.
In court, Judge Chip Moore denied Craft's public records request to obtain cell phone records and duty rosters of Det. Thomas.
Parish attorneys representing Baton Rouge Police agreed to hand over emails between Thomas and the Mayor's administration.
The hearing will resume tomorrow afternoon.