Thursday, April 16, 2015
The Philly Rogue Cops Case: The Punching Bag In Courtroom 15A
Veteran crime reporter Ralph Cipriano is covering the federal so-called Philly rogue cop case for bigtrial.net.
At the start of his cross-examination, Jack McMahon greeted the prosecution's star witness with a slap upside the head.
"I'd appreciate it if you look at me when I talk," the defense lawyer admonished Jeffrey Walker.
McMahon, a flashy former prosecutor with a white mustache and a shaved head, then spent the next six hours pummeling the witness.
On the receiving end, Walker, a big bearded former narcotics cop who entered the courtroom wearing handcuffs and a drab green prison jumpsuit, seemed used to taking abuse.
"We know you were a thief, right?" McMahon asked the fallen cop that another defense lawyer has characterized to the jury as a train wreck.
"Yes, I was," Walker admitted.
"You're a thief and a historical liar," McMahon added.
"I lie," Walker admitted. "I continued my thievery until I was arrested."
On May 23, 2013, Walker got caught red-handed in an FBI sting operation planting cocaine on a drug dealer and helping himself to $15,000 of the dealer's money while undercover cameras were rolling. After he was arrested, Walker turned on six of his fellow former narcs, telling the feds that they used to routinely beat and rob drug dealers.
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