TAMPA — Law enforcement officers cannot wear their uniforms while attending the trial of a woman charged with having a role in the deaths of two Tampa police officers, a judge has ruled.
Cortnee Brantley is charged in federal court with failing to warn police that her boyfriend, Dontae Morris, was a felon with a gun and ammunition. Morris is accused of shooting and killing Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab on June 29, 2010.
U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr. wrote in an order issued last week that police officers may wear uniforms while testifying, but can't while observing. He said the prohibition is to protect fairness of the trial.
"The Court is concerned about the prejudicial effect this show of solidarity may have upon the jury," Moody wrote.