Cop in Abner Louima Case Released From Prison
Former New York police officer Charles Schwarz, convicted in the brutal sodomy case of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima, has been released from federal prison to a halfway house. He served less than five years.
His plans for the future: to move to the "northern part of the country" and seek outdoor work, perhaps becoming a carpenter.
After a conviction, reversal and two more trials that ended in hung juries, Schwarz pleaded guilty to perjury. To this day, his lawyer argues the memory defense.
“The worst that Chuck did is that he saw Mr. Volpe walking Mr. Louima toward the bathroom, and when he was asked about that, a cop being a cop, he said he didn’t remember it,” Mr. Fischetti said.
The judge that sentenced him wasn't convinced.
Judge Reena Raggi said that he had failed to accept responsibility for lying to protect other officers, including Mr. Volpe. She told Mr. Schwarz she was convinced that there had been another officer in the bathroom, and that “it was either you, which I think is highly probable — in fact, I think it’s more than highly probable — or it was someone else.”
Let's just hope he sticks to his current plan for carpentry and doesn't try to join another police force.
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