Late last week Philadelphia District Attorney, Seth Williams, wrote a personal letter to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, explaining that Williams would not use the testimony of 5 Philadelphia Narcotics Officers and 1 Lieutenant because he believed that their testimony lacked credibility. William’s letter was prompted by a statement submitted to Municipal Court Judge Charles Hayden by Larry Krasner, a principal of the Criminal Defense Firm Krasner, Hughes, & Long.
Krasner’s statement asserted that the five officers in question, Thomas Liciardello, Perry Betts, Brian Reynolds, Brian Speiser, and Michael Spicer, were involved in criminal activity, claiming that they “essentially partnered with certain drug dealers, and they partnered with those drug dealers to do things that we both illegal and outright crimes. This has become yet another instance of police misconduct within the Philadelphia Police Department, which has been a common theme for decades.
The dismissal of these officer’s testimony has incredible implications, as there are several other cases in which the officers were involved. Several accused criminals are being released from holding as early as Monday morning, as their charges are being dropped due to this alleged police misconduct.
You can read more about these developments by clicking on the following link to read the original article: http://articles.philly.com/2012-12-09/news/35707535_1_perry-betts-police-officers-drug-cases