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Wednesday, December 22, 1999

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  • Rev. Al Sharpton

    New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani says a state appeals court had no choice but to move the shooting trial of a Guinean immigrant from the Bronx to upstate. He says protesters made it impossible for the four white police officers who shot Amadou Diallo in February to have a fair trial in New York City. He says marching, demanding indictments and protesting in front of city courthouses meant that a panel of five judges had to move the trial to Albany. Lawyers for the officers said it would be impossible to find an impartial jury in the Bronx.

  • Lapd Rampart Scandal

    The latest corruption scandal in the Los Angeles Police Department at the Rampart division has mushroomed to involve the investigation into more than 3,000 cases vastly more than previously reported. The public defender’s office will have to review more than 800 potentially tainted cases involving former LAPD officer Rafael Perez, who has been convicted of cocaine theft and is assisting authorities under a grant of immunity, and 2,500 more involving other officers from the Rampart CRASH anti-gang unit who either have been fired or are under investigation.