“The federal probe into the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office could reopen hundreds of criminal cases and already has led to the dismissal of one narcotics case, according to the Iberia Parish District Attorney’s Office.
Sheriff Louis Ackal and Lt. Col. Gerald Savoy were indicted last week on conspiracy against rights and depravation of rights charges. Eight former deputies — five narcotics officers, two jail supervisors and a K-9 officer — pleaded guilty over the last few weeks to similar civil rights violations.
The DA mailed 170 letters earlier this month notifying criminal defense attorneys who’ve handled cases involving the first six deputies who pleaded guilty. Hundreds more letters are expected to be mailed addressing the remaining guilty pleas and Ackal and Savoy’s indictments.
The DA’s office has identified all of the attorneys who represented defendants since Ackal took office in 2008, said Iberia Parish District Attorney Bo Duhe.
Duhe says the letters are being mailed “out of an abundance of caution.” It will be up to the defense attorneys to file motions in their cases, but the DA’s office is also reviewing all opened and closed narcotics cases.
“You’re talking about a substantial number of cases that are going to be negatively impacted,” First Assistant District Attorney Rob Vines said. “We’re also going back and looking at closed cases to look at how this information may have impacted our charging decisions and the sanctity of the convictions.”
Duhe expects the letters will mostly affect defendants who went to trial and one of the officers testified against them, or entered a “best interest” plea, perhaps because they thought a jury would convict them because of an officer’s testimony.
“Particularly those officers who admitted they were untruthful in giving their testimony in civil cases, all their testimony are seriously in doubt,” Duhe said.”
Makes you wonder how many innocent people are in jail
When they sent my wife away it was a circus
She was charged with resisting obstructing and all the report said was ” She refused my search of the vehicle”
That was what was written on Stacey and Tracey’s also
The only problem?
It was Stacey’s vehicle, so My wife or Tracey could not give consent to search it
One year after charging them the charge and arresting officer were changed
It was a fish and wildlife charge initially and a second degree misdemeanor
They changed it to a State of Florida charge and made it a first degree misdemeanor
Up to 1 year in jail instead of 30 day Max.
Then the new charging officer changed his testimony that he had given earlier
He now said that all 3 of them refused to exit the vehicle for 3 minutes when ordered to do so
Even though the transcript of his earlier testimony said that they exited without hesitation
Our attorney never brought it up
Now it gets better
At sentencing the cop Emmanual Tsongranis asks to give a victims impact statement
The judge says no because he is not the victim, the state of Florida is
So the cop says that he has something really important to read
The judge looks at the paper he is waving and finally says “Okay, there was a report that she tried to hit you, I’ll allow it”
(And that was total and utter bullshit because she was in handcuffs the entire 3 hours and no mention whatsoever of attempted violence”
So the judge takes it and reads it and guess what it is?
No, really guess
Alright I’ll tell you
It is an article from my blog
Yeah, they are reading my shit at her sentencing
That’s Fucking rich isn’t it?
And then the judge says he can’t let it influence his sentencing
And then he quotes what I wrote and sentences her to 30 days
You wonder why I fucking hate cops?
Well there is a good portion of it
I will tell you what, these motherfuckers should really pray for my continued good health
Lying, fucking piece of shit scumbags
See there? Got myself all riled up again