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Prisoners to Be Released As a Result of Lapd Corruption Scandal

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A second person that authorities believe was framed by corrupt officers of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Division is expected to be freed from custody this week, while another will be released from parole and yet will be order re-sentenced, according to sources close to the ongoing corruption probe.

The three are among as many as 40 convicted individuals whose trials authorities believe may have been tainted by Rampart officers’ misconduct. Two other men, who currently are fugitives, will have pending criminal charges against them dismissed.

Former LAPD Officer Rafael Perez, the central figure in the unfolding scandal, has been providing investigators with details from officer misconduct in a number of drug and weapons cases. He has said that he and other officers planted evidence on innocent people and then gave perjured testimony against them.

Guests:

  • David Brockway, L.A. criminal defense lawyer, and attorney for Joseph Jones.
  • Michael Zinzun, Coalition Against Police Abuse.

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