Judge rejects probe into BIA informant claim
A federal judge won't force federal prosecutors to release information about an alleged "improper relationship" between a former Bureau of Indian Affairs official and a female informant.

Bob Ecoffey, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was a key investigator in the murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. His work led to charges against three men, one of whom is serving a life sentence.

Another defendant, Richard Marshall, sought information about Ecoffey's alleged relationship with an informant named "Maverick." Federal prosecutors said they didn't have evidence of a complaint or investigation against Ecoffey but a federal magistrate said the issue could be raised during the upcoming trial.

Marshall and co-defendant John Graham are set to go to trial on May 12.

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