2 cops cleared of trying to frame ex-con
A Cook County judge Wednesday acquitted two Chicago cops of framing a convicted felon on drug charges, saying prosecutors didn’t “come close” to proving their case.
“There’s just no evidence,” Judge Dennis J. Porter said, shooting down prosecutors’ argument that Officers Michael Bernichio, 43, and Daniel Murphy, 35, falsely arrested Morris Wynn — a convicted felon and self-admitted former gang member.
Bernichio wept when Porter cleared him on several counts of perjury, prompting several off-duty officers to burst into applause.
Earlier, Porter acquitted Bernichio and his partner Daniel Murphy on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Bernichio’s brother Anthony said prosecutors “tried to hang” the Chicago Lawn District tactical officers after Wynn’s conviction related to the July 27, 2004, arrest was reversed by the Appellate Court.