Ralph Cipriano, veteran crime reporter and author of The Hit Man: A True Story of Redemption and the Melrose Diner, is covering the federal trial of six Philadelphia narcotics officers for bigtrial.net.
Should the jury at the rogue cops trial believe the stories about alleged police misconduct, as told by a bunch of drug dealers?
Yes, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen McCartney, because the tales the drug dealers told are "shockingly similar" to the stories told years later by former Officer Jeffrey Walker, after he got caught red-handed in an FBI sting operation.
No, said defense lawyer Jack McMahon, because the drug dealers are a bunch of liars with no corroborating evidence to back up their ridiculous stories. As for Jeffrey Walker, McMahon said, he's a liar and a thief who would "do anything to save himself."
The doors in Courtroom 15A were locked throughout the day today as lawyers on both sides of the case gave their closing arguments.
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