OKLAHOMA CITY - A federal judge says a police officer mislead, even lied to get a search warrant in a drug trafficking case.
Now, that officer is under investigation.
Detective Keith Medley is on paid leave while Oklahoma City police complete an internal investigation.
A federal judge tossed out evidence in one of Medley’s cases after he says the detective made false and reckless statements.
Now, experts say that could lead to other issues in Medley's past cases.
A federal judge had harsh words for Detective Keith Medley, saying his “statements were made with reckless disregard for the truth.”
The judge is talking about a warrant Medley got to search Victor Gaines’ apartment.
Court documents show Medley told a district judge he was watching Gaines’ apartment “when an unknown black male emerged… and brought two trash bags down.”
Medley said “the trash bags had several sandwich baggies with marijuana residue.”
However, Detective Medley testified during a federal hearing that something different happened.
Medley testified that it was actually a young boy carrying the trash bags, and a field text of that green substance was never done.
The judge threw that whole search warrant out, which was the key evidence in the case.
“To file a false affidavit submits you to all kinds of criminal charges,” attorney Garvin Isaacs said.
Medley isn’t facing any charges at this point, but legal experts say cases he’s touched are likely tainted.
“If I’m a lawyer defending someone or if he’s called as a witness adverse to my position, I’m going to cross-examine this guy and reveal to the jury and to the judge that he has lied under oath in the past,” Isaacs said.
Judge Fred Doak in Oklahoma County just dismissed a drug case against a man Detective Medley stopped.
Also, defense attorneys in another case requested to review Medley’s personnel file with the police department to see if there are any other instances of misconduct.
Judge Ray Elliott refused to release that personnel file or review it for himself.
OCPD would not comment on much, simply saying their internal investigation is ongoing.
Detective Medley has been with the police department since 2002.