JOINT DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND LOS ALAMOS POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE
The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, along with our law enforcement partners at the Los Alamos Police Department, would like to inform our community that the case against Michael Novak is dismissed without prejudice on September 8, 2023.
The United States Supreme Court requires that prosecutors guard against witness dishonesty. Importantly, these ethical and legal mandates prohibit prosecutors from knowingly eliciting testimony from an officer whose credibility is subject to challenge.
After investigation, the FJDA determined that it will no longer rely upon the case agent in the Michael Novak case as a witness in any pending or future cases in the first judicial district. Therefore, the case against Michael Novak is dismissed pending further investigation.
The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office is committed to refiling criminal charges against Novak with the help of LAPD. However, this step can only be taken when sufficient evidence to establish probable cause is found separate from the initial investigation.