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Judge Raps LAPD, levies hefty fine

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / January 21, 2006 2:11 AM PST
L.A. Told to Pay $1.1M to Slain Rapper's Family.

>>A federal judge has ordered the city to pay $1.1 million in legal costs to the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. as sanctions for intentionally withholding evidence during the family's civil lawsuit trial. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper's ruling Friday didn't give the family the $2 million originally sought, but she left open the possibility of an additional $300,000.

Christopher Wallace, or Notorious B.I.G., was shot and killed March 9, 1997, after a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The killing has not been solved. Cooper declared a mistrial last summer in the family's civil lawsuit after finding that a police detective hid statements linking the killing to former LAPD Officers David Mack and Rafael Perez. She also ordered the city to pay the slain rapper's family's legal costs. <<

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More BULL FLOP
by duckman / January 21, 2006 2:26 AM PST

Furman is/was a great detective. I'm still amazed that there were 11 morons on the same jury.

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Great cop? That's to laugh!
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / January 21, 2006 7:49 AM PST
In reply to: More BULL FLOP

>> Fuhrman gave a taped interview in 1985 to Laura McKinney, an aspiring screenwriter working on a screenplay about female police officers. Fuhrman bragged about his membership in the secret organization within the LAPD known as MAW, or Men Against Women. In further interviews, Fuhrman bragged about beating and torturing gang members, "we had them begging that they'd never be gang members again, begging us." Fuhrman's negative attitude toward African-Americans was also evident in the taped interview. He said that he would tell blacks, "You do what you're told, understand, N****r?" <<

From the "Mark Fuhrman page of a Simpson trial description at a law school site. Ironically, Google was able to find this somehow, even though most of the site has blocked access!

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Double HA yourself
by duckman / January 21, 2006 9:20 AM PST

To paraphrase the Clinton sycophants of the 90?s, ?He may be a disgusting philandering, sexually harassing, lowlife perverted lout, but it has nothing to do with his job performance.? Was Furman ever charged with abusing suspects? Are you so na

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Outstanding, indeed!
by Dan McC / January 21, 2006 9:25 PM PST
In reply to: Double HA yourself

He single handedly introduced enough doubt to get OJ off. That is outstanding.

Dan

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(NT) (NT) Yeajh right, Furman alone
by duckman / January 21, 2006 9:41 PM PST
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Nonsense
by Evie / January 21, 2006 10:14 PM PST
In reply to: Outstanding, indeed!

The DA's did that. And you have to give credit to the defense team for siezing on every possible mishandling of evidence. LA's sending a trainee to process such a high profile crime scene being the first of many little things.

In the end, the jury was looking to acquit. If anyone wants to be mad about the involvement of racism/race, it should be furious at the defense for playing that card to a receptive jury.

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How does this refute duckman's assertion?
by Evie / January 21, 2006 10:19 PM PST

Even IF Furman was a racist, that has no bearing on his top quality detective abilities. Or are you saying that as a former homophobe (by your definition and admission) you can't be a top quality grant-requester that doesn't discriminate against gays?

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