2 cops cleared of try­ing to frame ex-con

Chicago Sun-Times - - News -

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.

Rummana Hus­sain

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