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Jury deliberating in police corruption case (major foul play)
Indy Star ^

Posted on 02/05/2003 11:22:26 AM PST by Stew Padasso

Edited on 05/07/2004 6:26:39 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A jury began deliberations Tuesday in a police corruption case against a former narcotics officer whose one-time partner testified against her as part of a plea agreement.

Christie Richardson, 36, is accused of hundreds of counts of burglary, possession of a forged instrument and bribing a witness. She is facing a maximum of 70 years in prison if convicted.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
1 posted on 02/05/2003 11:22:26 AM PST by Stew Padasso
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To: Stew Padasso
photocopying judges' signatures to several warrants

bogus pay reports

often stole money from them and planted drugs in their homes

excessive force and wrongful arrest

burglary, possession of a forged instrument and bribing a witness
2 posted on 02/05/2003 11:25:30 AM PST by Stew Padasso
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To: Stew Padasso
As a narcotics officer, I would think that Ms. Richardson would appreciate the irony of having her partner square up a deal for himself by rolling over on her.
3 posted on 02/05/2003 11:27:20 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Stew Padasso
Gee, I didn't think LE ever did stuff like that. /so
4 posted on 02/05/2003 11:29:14 AM PST by Jaded
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To: Wolfie
Another victim of the "thin white (sniff, snort) line"....
5 posted on 02/05/2003 11:31:33 AM PST by tracer
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To: Stew Padasso
I bet EVERY city of significant size have a team like this.
6 posted on 02/05/2003 12:03:12 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: Stew Padasso
Why just prosecute for the financial issues.

The biggest things they did was railroad suspects. All the conseqences of their malfeesance are their crimes. Kidnapping, unlawfull restraint, attempted murder (what was going to happen in prison, was it forseeable for any individual?). All these crimes were also committed while in possesion of a firearm. Both these two should go up for life (which should'nt be to long once they hit general pop).

7 posted on 02/05/2003 12:10:48 PM PST by Dinsdale
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To: bigfootbob
Ask Randy Weaver...or the FLIR investigator of Waco.. (guess ya cant ask him)
Ask Vince Foster or a few hundred from Mena to Little Rock to New Orleans to Chicago to New Orleans up to the Motor City and on to Washington D.C.
Been that way fo a long long time...
Its "the world" thing
8 posted on 02/05/2003 12:13:58 PM PST by joesnuffy
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MORE manure on the pile.

Does it give you a "feel good", dane? I thought so.
9 posted on 02/05/2003 2:16:14 PM PST by JudyB1938
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To: JudyB1938; Jaded
Am I supposed to be amazed? While not all LEO's are bad - this stuff goes on all the time - from the smallest PD to the largest, and it gives all cops a bad name.

A real dirty shame, as I believe that most people want to become a cop so that they can do some good in this rotton world.
10 posted on 02/05/2003 3:09:31 PM PST by CAPPSMADNESS (FOUND: Moral Compass... lost in the vicinity of post #458.....)
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Your point is something many people miss. Most people start off going into Law Enforcement or Politics because they want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE or IMPROVE THINGS.

Once they get into that 'world' for awhile they find out how nasty that world is. They find that only the people with the strongest willpower and fortitude can do 'the right thing', and sooner or later those people either cave in or get killed.

No one starts off wanting to be a BAD COP, it just happens along the way.

11 posted on 02/05/2003 4:41:33 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Dinsdale
Former drug officer convicted on corruption charges

By Joshua Hammann

Associated Press

Last updated 05:13 AM, EST, Friday, February 07, 2003

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A former narcotics detective was convicted Thursday on 21 corruption charges and could face up to 20 years in prison.

Christie Richardson, 36, was originally charged with almost 300 counts including burglary, possession of a forged instrument, tampering with public records and bribing a witness.

Her former partner, Mark Watson, pleaded guilty last week to 299 corruption charges in exchange for a recommended sentence of 20 years.

On Thursday, a jury convicted Richardson on 19 counts of tampering with public records and one count of criminal possession with a forged instrument, all felonies. She was also convicted on a single count of official misconduct, a misdemeanor.

Richardson and her defense attorney, Steve Schroering, quickly left the courtroom without commenting on the verdict.

Richardson was acquitted on all 15 burglary counts. Suspects named on many of the warrants Richardson and her former partner served claimed the detectives stole cash from their homes and planted drugs.

"We believed in the burglaries and we felt there was evidence for the burglaries," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Scott Davis.

The jury deliberated for almost 20 hours over three days. It took Circuit Court Judge Steve Mershon almost an hour to read the jury instructions.

Jurors were to reconvene on Friday for a sentencing recommendation. While Richardson faces up to 20 years, she also could get much less.

Davis, the prosecutor, repeatedly praised the jury for their work after the three-week trial. He said he felt satisfied with 21 guilty counts out of 284 charges.

"Juries are unpredictable," Davis said. "That's why we took the sure thing with Watson."

It was Watson's repeated failure to appear in court while still filing paperwork for court pay that prompted the investigation into the two detectives. Further investigation revealed that Watson created fake cases, took money intended for confidential informants and filed out bogus overtime reports.

He pleaded guilty last week to forging judges' signatures on search warrants, burglary and other charges. Watson, 39, will be sentenced March 24.

"Mark Watson was the lead," Davis said. "There were not as many smoking guns on her (Richardson) as there were on him."

Watson testified against Richardson as part of his plea agreement. On the stand, Watson said that on several occasions Richardson was with him while he typed up search warrants, whited-out the dates on old warrants and photocopied the judge's signature from an old warrant to the new one.

When asked by Schroering if Richardson was aware of this practice, as well as other fraudulent deeds that Watson acknowledged, Watson answered, "I assume so."

Watson said the most common scenario that resulted in a phony warrant involved a confidential informant calling him with a name and a place. Watson would begin typing up a legitimate warrant, he said, but then receive another call from the informant saying he was unsure how long the suspected drug dealer would be at the previous location.

"I did not have time, in my opinion, to get the judge's signature, so we photocopied it and went down and executed the warrant," Watson said. "With most of them, it's a time issue."

From his opening statement through his closing argument, Schroering attempted to separate Richardson from Watson. He characterized Richardson as a rookie to the fast-paced, loosely supervised narcotics squad, who followed the lead of her experienced partner.

Prosecutors argued that the two spent so much time together -- almost every hour of the work week, along with social and free time -- that Richardson had to be aware of the scams.

After Richardson and Watson were arrested in March, prosecutors dismissed about 30 felony cases the two had handled.
12 posted on 02/07/2003 10:21:35 AM PST by Stew Padasso
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