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    27 'tainted' cases dropped after cops' arrests

    September 14, 2006

    BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Prosecutors are dropping more than two dozen "tainted" drug and gun cases following last week's arrest of four Chicago police officers accused of robbing, kidnapping and intimidating drug dealers.

    At least 27 cases have been dropped so far, including a case against two men who were arrested last fall when police seized $15 million worth of cocaine, Cook County state's attorney spokesman John Gorman said Thursday.

    The four officers--Keith Herrera, 28; Jerome Finnigan, 43; Thomas Sherry, 32; and Carl Suchocki, 32, all of Chicago--face charges that include multiple counts of armed violence, home invasion, aggravated kidnapping and delivery of a controlled substance.

    "They were the ones that were the arresting officer and therefore those cases are tainted, so we're dropping them," Gorman said.

    The charges against the four involve 11 incidents dating back to June 2003. The officers have all been suspended without pay, and police officials say they intend to fire them. If convicted, they could face up to 30 years in prison.

    More cases will likely be dropped, but it's unclear how many.

    Tim Joyce, a Chicago lawyer representing Suchocki, said he hadn't heard about the dropped cases and was unable to comment.

    One of the four officers, Thomas Sherry, was released from jail Wednesday after a judge ruled his bond money came from legitimate sources.

    A hearing that was to decide if Suchocki's bond money was from a legitimate source was continued until Oct. 18, officials said.

    The other officers are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 3.
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    Big drug case dropped

    September 14, 2006

    BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporter

    Last year, Chicago Police displayed $15 million worth of bundled cocaine seized from a Northwest Side home and proudly proclaimed they'd made a major dent in the area's cocaine-dealing scene.

    Wednesday, with a sense of quiet disgust and frustration, Cook County prosecutors dropped the case against the two men charged in the November 2005 drug bust. Based on the quantity of drugs seized -- 118 kilos -- it's the most significant of more than 100 criminal cases that may have to be dropped because they were tainted by alleged dirty cops, a source close to the case said.

    "It's very disheartening to know that [alleged] drug dealers are going free because of bad police work and dirty cops," the source said.

    The case against Alfredo Reyes, 25, and Jaime Gonzalez, 22, was one of six dropped Wednesday -- and 27 dropped in all -- that prosecutors say are connected to a corruption investigation that led to charges last week against four elite Chicago Police officers. They are accused of raiding homes and stealing valuables -- from drug dealers and ordinary citizens.

    Lawyer voices doubts

    One charged officer, Jerome Finnigan, was an arresting officer in the 2005 bust.

    Wednesday, an attorney for Reyes and Gonzalez said several aspects of the arrest in that case are suspicious, including the police claim that Gonzalez dropped a bag of cocaine in full view of the officers.

    "They just happen to be driving by and a guy drops a kilo of cocaine on the sidewalk?" lawyer Robert Rascia said.

    Rascia also noted a discrepancy between what police say they seized from the drug house, in the 2900 block of North Normandy, and what his clients say was "actually stored on the premises."

    Prosecutors declined to say whether there were any irregularities with the way police handled the case.

    Also Wednesday, family and friends of Thomas Sherry -- one of the four officers charged last week -- posted $200,000 bail, and Sherry was released from Cook County Jail.

    Contributing: Frank Main

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