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Gov. Walz planned to remove Moriarty from trooper prosecution, fueling speculation over dismissal

A day after Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty announced she would drop murder and manslaughter charges against a Minnesota state trooper, Gov. Tim Walz, who has publicly criticized Moriarty's handling of the case, revealed that he had planned to use his legal authority to remove her from the prosecution.

"Yes, we would have done that," Walz said at a news conference Monday, adding that if Moriarty had not dropped the charges against 27-year-old Ryan Londregan he would have taken action "soon."

"I think what became apparent to many folks is that there were problems with prosecution from the beginning," he said.


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