06/11/2011

Acquittal for cops charged with graffiti artist's assault

Judge calls alleged victim a 'double-digit liar'

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Three years after they were charged with assaulting and breaking the jaw of a graffitist after he tagged a Feltonville building, former Philadelphia police Officers Sheldon B. Fitzgerald and James Hill 3d walked out of court Friday free and intent on returning to the force.

The dramatic acquittals were announced not by the Common Pleas Court jury that had heard testimony since Wednesday, but by Judge James Murray Lynn.

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