Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chicago Officer faces perjury charges on false DUIs

This seems like good news, however this officer already faced charges for his false DUIs and somehow, magically the 5th amendment that no longer protects you or me, now protected this officer.   The only citizens of the United States in northern Illinois, are police officers.   

The case stems from a 2005 arrest Haleas performed while two prosecutors were riding along with him. He allegedly failed to administer a field sobriety test to the suspect, but the prosecutors later noted that he wrote reports reflecting that he had performed the test. Following an internal investigation, the police department suspended Haleas for one day in July 2007 and in April 2008 he was indicted on the criminal charges.
In August 2009, Circuit Judge James Obbish dismissed the indictment after finding that the state's use of the internal police statement violated Haleas' Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and tainted the rest of the case against him.

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