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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Corruption Wins The Day, Again

Former Bronx ADA found not guilty on DWI charges in trial that exposed cop ticket fix
The New York Post by Vinita Singla   -  June 2, 2011

Jurors rejected testimony from cops accused of corruptly fixing traffic tickets when they delivered a not guilty verdict in a Bronx drunk driving case today.  Stephen Lopresti, a lawyer charged with felony DWI after a 2006 accident on the Grand Concourse, was found not guilty on all counts today by a jury in Bronx Supreme Court.  Jurors said they simply didn’t believe the testimony of two cops, Julia Goris and Harrington Marshall, who admitted they’d fixed traffic tickets.  Goris had arrested Lopresti, and Marshall administered his Breathalyzer test.  "They have no integrity. They really don’t deserve a badge. They should retire, pick another profession," said juror Isaac Johnson, 20.  The officers’ involvement in fixing tickets "shows how crooked they are," said Guadalupe Torres, 58. "They’ve probably done that so many times, but they say they did it once or twice. We reached a verdict immediately because it was a clean cut case."  Defense lawyer Steven Epstein said the jurors’ verdict shows the police need to stop fixing traffic tickets.  "The NYPD and the district attorneys in New York City need to seriously consider the conduct of police officers and how they go about acting as public servants," Epstein said.  The verdict lets Lopresti keep his law license. He’s been convicted three other times of DWI, but this would have been a felony conviction, which would have led to his disbarment. "One thing I’m going to do is I’m going to go to church and thank my lawyers," Lopresti said outside the courthouse.  Lopresti is a former Bronx assistant district attorney and has practiced law in the borough since 1978.  As many as 400 cops could face departmental or even criminal charges for fixing tickets by losing paperwork or missing court dates in a probe now being heard by a Bronx grand jury.


pretty funny said...

I love it- Corrupt Lawyer/Prosecutor gets away with DWI because some cops are corrupt. These mutts can always figure a way to get away with anything and everything. Why aren't there riots?

Anonymous said...

that proves the feds need to take a closer look at this. Maybe at the end of this when the courts/lawyers have made thier decisions the feds can take a look at whole picture.

Anonymous said...

One big cesspool of corruption in good 'ole New York.

Michael A. Hense said...

the dangerous thing i see here is the "jury" aspect of it... when a jury system can be manipulated to produce a desired outcome, then we're all in trouble...

i've seen this happen before... in a federal court...

--Michael A. Hense In Search Of Rule Of Law

Anonymous said...

Feds? What Feds?

Anonymous said...

This former prosecutor was arrested three times before for DWI. The cops readily admitted they helped others to take care of tickets. Big deal. I would have to say that made them honest, in a manner of speaking.

The jury was comprised of people residing in the Bronx. They will have to live with this should this man drive under the influence again and kills someone.

If that is what the Bronx people want then I say the hell with them. The good news is that I don't have to live in the Bronx and I expect my future visits will only be from passing through to NJ or points beyond.

Anonymous said...

The BX knows how to take care of their own, right brothers and sisters!

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