Friday, May 8, 2015
Cops Or Criminals?: Jury Deliberations Begin In Philly Narco Cops Trial
George Anastasia, a veteran crime reporter and author of Gotti's Rules, is covering the Philly narco cops trial in Philadelphia for bigtrial.net.
Were they cops who bent the rules or criminals who broke the law?
That's the only question that matters for a federal court jury that began deliberations this afternoon in the corruption trial of six former Philadelphia Police Department narcotics officers.
The jury, primarily middle class suburban residents, got the case shortly after noon following a detailed two-hour explanation of the laws that applied to the case by Judge Eduardo Robreno. The judge's charge capped a six-week trial that included days of conflicting testimony from drug dealers (the prosecution's key witnesses) and law enforcement officials (called by the defense). The jury also got two days of highly charged and often vitriolic closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys.
The six former members of the Police Department's Narcotics Field Unit are charged in a 26-count indictment with stealing more than $500,000 in cash, drugs and other valuables from narcotics dealers they had targeted and with fabricating police reports and arrest records to cover their crimes.
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