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10-Year Stint for Police Perjury, Frame Job
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:35 PM NHFT »

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/07/08/10-year-stint-for-police-perjury-frame-job.htm

CHICAGO (CN) — A man exonerated after spending 10 years in prison because police officers lied on the stand at his trial sued the city of Chicago seeking civil damages.
     Jermaine Walker was a computer science student at Fisk University on a full scholarship when he was framed by police for a drug crime he did not commit.
     Walker was driving to his sister's house on the North Side of Chicago when police allegedly pulled him over without cause and ordered him out of the car.
     He says the officers became irate when he questioned why they stopped him.
     The officers beat him several times in the alley near where they ordered him to pull over, according to the complaint, then arrested him on false charges of possession with intent to distribute drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
     Walker denied all the charges at trial, and argued that even if he was dealing drugs, he would never have done so in an alley with a camera pointed straight at him.
     But the officers and a state's attorney investigator falsely testified at trial that there was no camera in the alley.
     The investigator sent to photograph the alley "deliberately chose a vantage point that would obscure the camera. Specifically, he stood to the right side of the alley, facing south, so that the telephone poles in the alley would hide the camera," the complaint says.
     Walker was unable to afford bail, and the court denied him money to hire an independent investigator, so he was unable to rebut the police evidence in court.
     The prosecution relied heavily on this false evidence.
     "There was a camera in the alley? Ladies and gentlemen, there is absolutely no evidence of that. Witness after witness after witness took that stand and told you there is no camera. You have pictures of the alley, including close-ups that show you there is no camera," the prosecutor told the jury.
     Walker was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison.
     He spent 10 years behind bars before he could prove the camera's existence and convince a court that the arresting officers lied under oath.
     In vacated his conviction, the presiding Cook County judge called the situation "outrageous."
     "A severe injustice was done here," the judge said. "Everybody in the court system was relying on the information and the photographs that were sworn to as a truth, and it is very disturbing and upsetting, especially as a judge, to be involved in a system where an officer, especially an officer of the court, would come in an swear under oath to something that was not true."
     Walker's public defender, Ingrid Gill, called it "the most disturbing case I've seen in 25 years," at a press conference held Thursday.
     "This Cook County state's attorney investigator was a former police officer," Gill said. "He was a former Chicago police officer. This opens up a whole other aspect of misconduct, which I find so troubling."
     In his civil suit, Walker seeks punitive damages for unreasonable seizure, failure to intervene, conspiracy, malicious prosecution, and emotional distress.
     He is represented by Gretchen Helfrich with Loevy & Loevy in Chicago.
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Re: 10-Year Stint for Police Perjury, Frame Job
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2016, 04:43 PM NHFT »

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/07/08/10-year-stint-for-police-perjury-frame-job.htm

CHICAGO (CN) — A man exonerated after spending 10 years in prison because police officers lied on the stand at his trial sued the city of Chicago seeking civil damages.
     Jermaine Walker was a computer science student at Fisk University on a full scholarship when he was framed by police for a drug crime he did not commit.
     Walker was driving to his sister's house on the North Side of Chicago when police allegedly pulled him over without cause and ordered him out of the car.
     He says the officers became irate when he questioned why they stopped him.
     The officers beat him several times in the alley near where they ordered him to pull over, according to the complaint, then arrested him on false charges of possession with intent to distribute drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
     Walker denied all the charges at trial, and argued that even if he was dealing drugs, he would never have done so in an alley with a camera pointed straight at him.
     But the officers and a state's attorney investigator falsely testified at trial that there was no camera in the alley.
     The investigator sent to photograph the alley "deliberately chose a vantage point that would obscure the camera. Specifically, he stood to the right side of the alley, facing south, so that the telephone poles in the alley would hide the camera," the complaint says.
     Walker was unable to afford bail, and the court denied him money to hire an independent investigator, so he was unable to rebut the police evidence in court.
     The prosecution relied heavily on this false evidence.
     "There was a camera in the alley? Ladies and gentlemen, there is absolutely no evidence of that. Witness after witness after witness took that stand and told you there is no camera. You have pictures of the alley, including close-ups that show you there is no camera," the prosecutor told the jury.
     Walker was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison.
     He spent 10 years behind bars before he could prove the camera's existence and convince a court that the arresting officers lied under oath.
     In vacated his conviction, the presiding Cook County judge called the situation "outrageous."
     "A severe injustice was done here," the judge said. "Everybody in the court system was relying on the information and the photographs that were sworn to as a truth, and it is very disturbing and upsetting, especially as a judge, to be involved in a system where an officer, especially an officer of the court, would come in an swear under oath to something that was not true."
     Walker's public defender, Ingrid Gill, called it "the most disturbing case I've seen in 25 years," at a press conference held Thursday.
     "This Cook County state's attorney investigator was a former police officer," Gill said. "He was a former Chicago police officer. This opens up a whole other aspect of misconduct, which I find so troubling."

Telling that the judge didn't recommend criminal charges be filed against the "officials" who framed him.

Dealing drugs pales in comparison to what they did.
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Re: 10-Year Stint for Police Perjury, Frame Job
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2016, 05:28 PM NHFT »

What charges would stick?

Statute of limitations is 3 year from the time of the offense for perjury in Illinois, 5 years at the federal level.
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Re: 10-Year Stint for Police Perjury, Frame Job
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2016, 05:39 PM NHFT »

What changes would stick?

Statute of limitations is 3 year from the time of the offense for perjury in Illinois, 5 years at the federal level.

Good point. Another incentive to slow roll justice for the wrongly convicted.
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Re: 10-Year Stint for Police Perjury, Frame Job
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2016, 08:33 PM NHFT »

What charges would stick?

Statute of limitations is 3 year from the time of the offense for perjury in Illinois, 5 years at the federal level.

How about 42 USC 1985, Conspiracy to Violate Civil Rights?
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Re: 10-Year Stint for Police Perjury, Frame Job
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2016, 09:10 PM NHFT »

Wouldn't the 5 year limit apply?

18 U.S. Code § 3282 - Offenses not capital

(a)In General.—
Except as otherwise expressly provided by law, no person shall be prosecuted, tried, or punished for any offense, not capital, unless the indictment is found or the information is instituted within five years next after such offense shall have been committed.
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Re: 10-Year Stint for Police Perjury, Frame Job
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2016, 09:23 PM NHFT »

FWIW, I think I "learned" from a Columbo episode that the statute of limitations begins from the time the criminal act is discovered, as quite often, only the criminal knows when the crime actually took place.

There was an episode of Superman where some criminals were locked in an impregnable vault and were waiting for the statute of limitations to expire before using special acid to burn their way out, but Superman got whatever the national time base was back then to start creeping their "official" time forward, and so when the crooks came out, they still could be prosecuted.
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Re: 10-Year Stint for Police Perjury, Frame Job
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2016, 10:12 PM NHFT »

Columbo and Superman... you sir have convinced me.   ;D
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Re: 10-Year Stint for Police Perjury, Frame Job
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2016, 10:38 PM NHFT »

It turns out that there are more of us who misremember the Superman episode than remember it correctly.  In fact, someone at The Free Republic similarly misremembered it back in 2005:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1511864/posts?q=1&;page=118

When I had googled using the obvious likely search terms, most of my results referenced, “Jimmy Olsen, Boy Editor,” (Season 2, Episode 22) which is viewable in full length for free at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xwvnbd_superman-2x22-jimmy-olsen-boy-editor_shortfilms , but it turns out that that is NOT the episode where Superman gets the Arlington, Naval Observatory time base to misreport, which is in fact, The Mysterious Cube (season 6, Episode 4).  The reason for advancing the time in the latter episode is that, according to the script, the criminal will be legally dead after seven years and dead people can't be indicted, whereas in the, “...Boy Editor” episode, Superman simply gasses the office where Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane are being held, to facilitate making that arrest before the limitation expires.

The full length, Mysterious Cube episode cost $1.99. Here is an abbreviated, teaser length excerpt of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0EqahDFu-0 . Regrettably, it doesn't include the advancement of the Naval Observatory clock.

I actually remember seeing it in black and white, even though it was broadcast in color, because it was first televised in 1958 but we didn't get a color TV until 1965.  Like a lot of people, we were waiting until, "they got the bugs out of it", but as most of us who finally bought in the mid 1960s learned, they still hadn't.
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