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The lawyer for former Det. Clarence Willoughby will be allowed to peek inside New Haven police confidential informant files seized by the FBI, thanks to a judge’s ruling Wednesday.

Former Det. Clarence Willoughby, 48, is facing charges that he stole money from a confidential-informant fund. His trial was scheduled to begin in state Superior Court on Church Street Wednesday. Instead he sat alone at a defense table for nearly two hours as lawyers haggled over pretrial motions.

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