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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Going the extra mile

I represented a young, first time offender who was charged with Delivery of Cocaine, a 2nd Degree Felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. After reviewing the police report, it looked like they had my client dead to rights, as the undercover officer noted that my client and his co-defendant were both actively involved in the drug deal.

I obtained the co-defendant's arrest report and was shocked at what I saw: BOTH POLICE REPORTS (written by the same officer) said two different things; specifically, each report said that one individual defendant took the money and handed the cocaine to the police officer, without mentioning a thing about the other defendant's involvement.

How can two police reports written within minutes of each other, minutes after the deal took place, contain such glaring inconsistencies? After pointing this out to the prosecutor I informed him that we weren't interested in a plea and were demanding a speedy trial. The judge dismissed the charges shortly thereafter.

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