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New development in Laquan McDonald case involving leaked documents Nancy Stone /Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool
Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, charged in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald, takes the witness stand during a hearing in front of Judge Vincent Gaughan Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago. (Nancy Stone /Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

In the case of a police officer charged with killing Laquan McDonald, a new development has occurred.

The judge wants to hear from a journalist.

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The judge agreed to a defense request for testimony from an independent journalist.

This journalist was the first to write about the shooting of McDonald by officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014.

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The defense alleges that Jamie Kalven obtained leaked documents.

The issue at hand is whether those documents contained protected police reports that cannot be used against officers in a criminal proceeding.

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