53 convictions dropped due to alleged police corruption

Agents have said Walker, who had been assigned to the narcotics unit since 1999, plotted with a government informant to rob drug dealers. All the while, unbeknownst to him, the FBI was listening.In one theft just before his arrest, Walker stopped a suspect driving a Volkswagen Jetta, appeared to plant drugs in the car and arrested the suspect. Later, he and the informant entered the suspects house and took $15,000, according to federal charges. Walkers next federal court hearing is set for Nov. 20.At Fridays hearing, more than 70 convictions involving Walker had been scheduled to be dismissed. But some paperwork was not completed, and about 20 were rescheduled for review at a Dec. 6 hearing.On that same day, scores of other Walker case will face dismissal.Public Defender Bradley S. Bridge, who is quarterbacking the effort to reverse the Walker cases, said that justice was served in the hearing.He predicted the District Attorneys Office ultimately would agree to drop as many as 90 of Walkers cases at the December hearing.But Bridge said prisons will not be opening their gate to free drug dealers. Of the cases reversed Friday, 53 by his count, only 10 involved suspects who still were in jail. Some of those were being held on other criminal charges, he said.

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