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Guilty plea may help LAPD in scandal investigation

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Guilty plea may help LAPD in scandal investigation

March 31, 2001, Saturday
Copyright 2001 The Deseret News Publishing Co. (Reuters)
The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)
March 31, 2001, Saturday

(LOS ANGELES) - A police officer at the center of the city's Rampart station corruption scandal pleaded guilty Friday to six criminal charges and will cooperate with prosecutors under a deal that could prove key to the investigation.

Nino Durden, whose former partner Rafael Perez has been the chief informant in the city's worst-ever police scandal, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to obstruct justice and grand theft and two counts each of perjury and filing a false police report.

Under his plea bargain, Durden will cooperate fully with state and federal prosecutors, which could give them a key breakthrough in the slow-moving investigation, which has so far relied heavily on the testimony of Perez.

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