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Patrick Pogan Not Quite Guilty

The NYC Police officer Patrick Pogan who allegedly (though we all saw the evidence) assaulted a cyclist last year was found guilty of falsifying a police report, for which he could receive up to four years in prison, but not guilty of assault.

Via Cyclelicio.us and Streets Blog.

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  1. Spencer WrightApril 30, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Hey, it’s something – and if he is sentenced to the full four years (which I’m guessing is unlikely), that seems within reason to me. Wasn’t Al Capone convicted of tax evasion?

  2. Tony BullardApril 30, 2010 at 10:59 am

    So now you can be filmed breaking the law, show that film to a jury, and they’ll still let you off.

    I need to become a cop and start a drug trafficking ring. At this point I just seems dumb NOT to.

  3. MikeApril 30, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Remember though, falsifying a police report is a Felony. So he’s a convicted felon now. That’s still a pretty big deal.

  4. AndrewApril 30, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    +1 to Mike

    Assault charges < Felony charges.

  5. rodemybokeApril 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Was the video allowed in court or did the jury have to rely on verbal testimony?

  6. MattMay 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Funny how that works.
    In our legal system, the prosecution literally has to jump through hoops to make a case against a defendant, whereas the defendant really doesn’t have to do anything. Jurors are instructed that the defense may remain silent and still be found not-guilty if the prosecution has not adequately proven guilt beyond reasonable doubt. Even if a juror thinks he’s guilty, if the case hasn’t been made well enough, they have to find not-guilty. This is actually a great social protection for all of us.
    The problem with the assault charge is that it leaves a lot of room for interpretation — lots of he said/she said — and therefore a lot of doubt preventing a consensus, even with the video. The falsification charge, though, would have been based on physical evidence the jurors could hold in their hands.

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