St. Louis Corrupt Cops Case Endangers 1,000 Convictions


The criminal corruption cases against two St. Louis police officers have thrown more than 1,000 criminal convictions into doubt, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The cases against Bobby Lee Garrett, 48, and Vincent T. Carr, 46, have already caused the dropping of 41 state felony cases, said Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. Joyce’s office will review 986 convictions to see whether Garrett and Carr played a significant role, and the U.S. attorney’s office has identified 45 to 50 more cases to look at. “Needless to say, I’m outraged by the conduct of these officers,” Joyce said.

Carr pleaded guilty Feb. 13 to obstruction of justice and two counts each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements, saying he and Garrett had stolen thousands from a drug dealer, planted money, drugs and a gun, and covered it up. Garrett has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. His lawyer, Chet Pleban, has said that Garrett is innocent. In deciding whether to drop pending cases, Joyce said the deciding factor was whether prosecutors “could not proceed” without testimony of Garrett or Carr.

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