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Brickbat: The Wheels of Justice Turn Slowly

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A Pennsylvania court has vacated the rape conviction of Termaine Joseph Hicks, freeing him from prison after almost 19 years. The Philadelphia District Attorney's office agreed with defense counsel that Hicks was convicted based on false evidence and lies, possibly concocted to cover up his unjustified shooting by police. On Nov. 27, 2001, Hicks heard a woman crying for help and rushed to her aid. Her attacker fled, but just after Hicks arrived two police officers came upon the scene and shot him. Hicks' attorney says the cops then planted a gun on Hicks. The officers claimed he'd pulled it out of his pocket when they approached him. But the gun had been smeared with blood, and Hicks' pocket was clean. The gun was registered to a Philadelphia police officer who had not reported it missing. The two officers remain employed by the Philadelphia Police Department.

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  1. Damn that’s bad. Two corrupt Philly cops [ I repeat myself ] frame a guy and still have their jobs . I’m waiting to see them arrested and charged with multiple charges. I won’t hold my breath.

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  4. These cops deserve to spend the rest of their lives in prison, in the shower, with their hands and feet glued to the floor.

    1. Also, the judge and prosecutor as well.

      1. Not to mention the public defender who was his defense counsel.

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  6. A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department had not provided a comment as of Wednesday afternoon. Vinson and Zungolo remain employed by the department.

    I’m not going to bother wondering why they’re still on the job much less charged with anything, but how could they ever be used to testify in court again?

    1. Judges and juries will believe anything a cop says, even if it’s outright impossible.

      1. “Testilying”—as the police call it—has long been an open secret among prosecutors, defense lawyers, and judges.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_perjury

        Everyone in the system knows that cops lie about everything. And nobody will ever do a damn thing about it.

        1. “Everyone in the system knows that cops lie about everything.

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    2. In some areas, prosecutors have lists of officers they will not use in court. The problem is the prosecutor is first and formost a member of the court and cannot knowingly let a witness lie on the stand (even if its a police officer). However, if the prosecutor tries to push any further, he looses the support of the police. This is a failure in police command.

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  8. So when are we going to see justice get served?

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    2. When the asteroid hits.

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  10. how many are in on it? (at least 2 cops plus the third who’s gun they used?)

    how the hell did this take so long to overturn?

    when are the cops going to jail?

    1. “when are the cops going to jail?”

      Third Tuesday after the 12th of Never.

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