S.F. Police Scandal Widens - 26 More Cases Dropped
May 31, 2011
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A San Francisco judge dismissed 26 more felony cases Friday involving plainclothes police officers who allegedly lied about the circumstances of drug searches and arrests or stole from suspects, bringing the number of prosecutions lost in the widening scandal to nearly 120.
Superior Court Judge Lillian Sing granted the dismissals at prosecutors' request. Outside court, prosecutors said the cases - nearly all of them involving drug charges - had been dropped largely because of potential credibility problems with an undercover officer at the Mission Station, Ricardo Guerrero, whose testimony in a preliminary hearing this year was called into question by videotape evidence that defense attorneys secured.
Prosecutors had already dropped eight cases in which Guerrero was involved since the video surfaced this month.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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michael @ 6/1/2011 1:42 AM
The way this is going, there is going to be a lot more cases on the chopping block. One good thing, the Judges that bitch they are so over booked with cases can now get caught up. With the new chief, this problem will be ratified in more ways then one. May even get rid of a few with budget cuts hangin in the wind, it would be a good opportune time in some folks eyes to do so. Especially with these high caliber officers, it would be like killing two birds with one stone.
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