Philly Judge Tosses 158 Cases Linked to Rogue Drug Cops

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A Philadelphia judge has reversed 158 more narcotics convictions tainted by allegations of police corruption, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The rulings by Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper were the latest fallout from the federal prosecution of seven police narcotics officers. Six were acquitted of all charges at a federal trial in May and got their jobs back. A seventh, Jeffrey Walker, pleaded guilty to separate federal corruption charges and testified against his former colleagues at trial. He was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

Despite the outcome of the federal trial, the reexamination of the integrity of hundreds of arrests in which the seven were involved continues. Public defender Bradley S. Bridge said a total of 560 convictions involving the seven officers have been vacated since they were indicted in July 2014. Forty more are expected to be reversed on Oct. 30. Bridge estimated that his office has finished reviewing only 40 percent of convictions involving the six acquitted officers.

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