The racketeering convictions of two retired New York City detectives who helped to kill at least eight men as mob assassins reinstated by a federal appeals court. It ruled that a trial judge wrongly overturned the jury's guilty verdicts two years ago, the New York Times reports. The decision means that the two highly decorated detectives – Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa – will face sentencing for their convictions in one of the most spectacular cases of police corruption in city history.
The two men seem certain to get life prison terms. In 2006, Federal Judge Jack Weinstein of Brooklyn said the 5-year statute of limitations for racketeering had run out, and overturned the convictions despite “overwhelming evidence” that the men were “heinous criminals” who were guilty of the “most despicable crimes of violence and treachery.” A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit concluded that Weinstein's view of the conspiracy was too narrow, and that it had continued to exist within five years of when the men were charged.