OTTAWA—At the disciplinary hearing for Constable Helen Grus, an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) detective accused of discreditable conduct after investigating the vaccination status of the mothers of deceased infants, defence lawyers withdrew a motion calling for the removal of a prosecutor for misconduct and a conflict of interest.

“We are really much focused on having Detective Grus come here on May 27 and start her defence. With that being stated, we would like to withdraw our motion to remove Vanessa Stewart as prosecutor on a without prejudice basis,” said defence lawyer Bath-Sheba van den Berg on March 25.

Hearing Officer Chris Renwick allowed Ms. van den Berg to withdraw the motion without prejudice, which means the defendant will be allowed to re-file the charges or alter the claim later in the proceedings.

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