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  • NYPD Officers found Not Guilty in Rape Trial

    A Manhattan jury cleared two cops of raping an East Village woman Thursday but convicted them of three minor official misconduct charges.

    Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata had faced up to 25 years in prison if they had been convicted of the most serious charge against them.

    The verdict came after seven days of deliberations - and after a six-week trial in which prosecutor Coleen Balbert said Moreno sexually assaulted the woman while Mata stood watch.

    Both officers looked stunned when the verdict was announced and their families began weeping tears of joy.

    Moreno and Mata were also found not guilty of three counts of second-degree burglary for taking the woman's keys and returning to her apartment three times.

    Both cops were found guilty of official misconduct - misdemeanor charges that could send them to jail for a year when they are sentenced June 28 - for going back to her apartment without telling their superiors.

    In her closing statement, Balbert branded Moreno and Mata liars who "disgraced their profession" by taking advantage of a woman who was drunk and vomiting when they first encountered her in December 2008.

    "These two were supposed to be New York City's Finest, but on Dec. 7, 2008, they were New York City's worst," she fumed.

    Balbert told the jury Moreno's claims that the almost completely naked woman tried to seduce him - and that he just spooned with her - were a lie. She was especially galled by Moreno's cringe-worthy insistence that he doesn't "kiss and tell."

    Defense lawyers Joseph Tacopina and Edward Mandery called the now 29-year-old accuser as a gold digger who is suing for $57 million.

    They said the fashion executive was too bombed to remember what really happened - and that there is no DNA backing her claim that she "woke up to being penetrated from behind."

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  • #2
    wow they got off
    NYPD Exam was # 8050 THE LAST OF AVENGERS

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    • #3
      They will likely be thrown off the force, according to the news.
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      • #4
        "woke up to being penetrated from behind."

        Guess she didn't see that coming.......
        "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm" -George Orwell

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        • #5
          On to the Civil Suit and departmental charges/termination....this case came and went fast, compared to others. Very bad situation for ALL that is involved.

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          • #6
            Joseph Tacopina is a great defense attorney. he knew the angle how to get his client off. now on the civil suit these guys may get hit. "spooning" lmao i thought they were done when i heard that.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cyngod View Post
              They will likely be thrown off the force, according to the news.
              they are already fire seconds after the verdict was read for official misconduct misdemeanors. Now because of their dumbass the city would likely settle for millions in a civil suit.

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              • #8
                2 more spots just opened up in the next academy.......
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TruGuardian View Post
                  On to the Civil Suit and departmental charges/termination....this case came and went fast, compared to others. Very bad situation for ALL that is involved.
                  There will be no Departmental trial or charges, they were fired based on the criminal conviction.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sled View Post
                    There will be no Departmental trial or charges, they were fired based on the criminal conviction.
                    And this is exactly as it should be. Scumbags.

                    -V

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cyngod View Post
                      2 more spots just opened up in the next academy.......
                      leave it to you to make stupid comments like this. every time i see you post i remember the other dumb anti-cop **** you've posted in the past.

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                      • #12
                        I actually feel bad for Mata that was the look out man. He was put in a bad position by his partner. From all the press cameras and videos on TV, he looks sad in a way that he loved his job. Looking at a different scenario. Mata could have went up to the victims apartment and sexually assaulted the victim with his partner. Then wiped away all the evidence. But I don't think that really happened.

                        Here's a question for anyone OTJ.

                        How would you treat this situation if your partner did something like this? Do you think it's worth your job or called a rat? I know your suppose to trust your partner.
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                        * Written psychological: Done (1.23.09)
                        * Oral psychological: (1.27.09)
                        * JST: 3 min. 5 sec. (4.2.09), 3 min. 13 sec. (5.22.10), 3 min. 10 sec. (4.30.11)
                        * Medical: (2.23.11)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by NYPD13 View Post
                          Here's a question for anyone OTJ.

                          How would you treat this situation if your partner did something like this? Do you think it's worth your job or called a rat? I know your suppose to trust your partner.
                          You'll know soon if your partner is a scumbag or not. If they're a scumbag, and this guy was, then you definitely need to report this kind of stuff. If they're not a scumbag, they would never put you in the this kind of position. Plain and simple. And no, it's not worth losing your job.

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