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Judge denies firefighters request to have statements in Station 8 scandal thrown out

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Clint Richardson, 27 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Clint Richardson, 27 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Derrick Harris, 51 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center) Derrick Harris, 51 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center)
Billy Glass, 38 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Billy Glass, 38 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Jason Vaughan, 35 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) Jason Vaughan, 35 (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
Randy Chandler, 52 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center) Randy Chandler, 52 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Caddo Parish judge has denied a request to throw out statements made by a Shreveport firefighter accused in the Station 8 sex and abuse scandal.

Attorney Peter Flowers, who represents former firefighter Clint Richardson, had asked the judge to throw out his client’s statement to police, arguing that it was not recorded, and questioning whether Richardson had even made some of the statements that police are alleging.

Richardson is one of 5 firefighters caught up in the scandal. Richardson, Billy Glass, Jason Vaughn and Derrick Harris are accused of hazing mentally challenged men who frequented the station and hiring a prostitute to have sex with one of them. They are charged with cruelty to the infirm and principal to prostitution.  The former fire captain, Randy Chandler is accused of cruelty only.

All 5 were in court Friday morning for motions similar to Richardson's, or were co-signed with his. Those motions were also denied. Harris, who remains incarcerated for allegedly making terrorist threats on Facebook against the fire department and some of its administrators, appeared before Judge Ramona Emanuel wearing handcuffs and a red inmate jumpsuit.

 "I think the government needs to be careful when they start arresting and imprisoning people for expressing their views on.. in social media," said Flowers. 

The next court date is set for July 30, and a trial date has been set for August 8.

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