A high-ranking sheriff’s deputy has said Overtis Hicks Brantley, Fulton County, Ga.’s chief attorney, “slanted” the county’s initial report on the March 11 courthouse shootings to protect the government from liability.

Chief Deputy Michael J. Cooke made the allegation in an interview with two members of an independent task force looking into courthouse security lapses. The interview transcript is one of about 50 that have been released by the task force, which was appointed by Fulton Sheriff Myron Freeman to find out how rape defendant Brian G. Nichols allegedly broke free from a deputy and subsequently shot to death three people at the courthouse.

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