Despite false trial testimony, Miami judge upholds 24-year sentence for crack-cocaine offender
In a rare move, both defense attorneys and federal prosecutors urged a Miami judge to throw out the 24-year prison sentence of a West Palm Beach man convicted of crack-cocaine dealing based largely on the tainted testimony of a now-disgraced police officer.
But U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard, while vacating a key drug offense in the case, refused on Tuesday to toss out the main conspiracy conviction that sent 47-year-old Elroy Phillips to prison in 2002.
Both sides agreed that fired West Palm Beach police officer Michael Ghent falsely testified that he was working undercover with an... read more
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