Judge Tosses Out 53 Drug Convictions Over Cop's Alleged Corruption (NBC 10 Philadelphia)
Thursday November 14th, 2013
A judge has tossed out 53 drug convictions because the cases may have been compromised by a Philadelphia narcotics officer arrested in a federal corruption sting.
Common Pleas Supervising Court Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper overturned the convictions during proceedings in Philadelphia on Friday. Each case was connected to former Philadelphia Police Officer Jeffrey Walker.
Walker, a 22-year-veteran of the force who spent 14-years in the Narcotics Unit, was arrested in May following an FBI sting that lasted several weeks.
In most of the overturned cases, those now vindicated individuals had served time in jail, according to officials. About 10 people are still in prison, but may have to remain in prison if they have other pending cases.