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Supreme Court: State law protects Detroit officers who lied

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Three Detroit police officers accused of lying during an internal investigation can't be charged based on those statements.

The Michigan Supreme Court says a state law protects the officers. Justices Stephen Markman and David Viviano dissented Wednesday.

In 2009, a motorist accused a Detroit officer of assaulting him while two officers watched. The three denied it during an internal investigation, but a video showed the allegations were true.

The officers were charged with obstruction of justice. But they argued that state law says an involuntary statement by an officer can't be used against them as a crime. The officers say their statements were involuntary because they could have been fired if they had stayed silent.

The Supreme Court acknowledges its decision "may be viewed as unpalatable."

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