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    Wonder if this will help Dan Moore? Note that these LEO's were not custodially arrested or even released on a bond like anyone else would be for felonies; rather they were released on their own recognizance.

    From the Virginian-Pilot:


    By Matthew Bowers
    Michelle Washington
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © December 3, 2008

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    A grand jury today indicted two police officers and a former officer, said Police Chief Bruce P. Marquis.

    Charges against the officers include procuring false testimony, filing false police reports, obstructing justice and perjury, though none of them faces all those charges.

    The charges related to incidents in June 2007 and October 2008.

    Former police officer Gregory W. Dudley, 24, of Virginia Beach, was charged with procuring another to give false testimony, a felony; and making a false report to police, a misdemeanor, both for incidents that happened on Oct. 12. The indictments say he induced another to give false testimony under oath and that he gave a false report to a law enforcement official about the commission of a crime.

    Robert A. Jacobs, 28, was charged with one count of obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor. The indictment says he made a false statement to a law enforcement officer on Sept. 17, while the officer was investigating a crime committed by someone else.

    Andrew T. Wenzel, 29, of Chesapeake, was charged with two counts of felony perjury; and making a false report to police, a misdemeanor. The indictments say Wenzel gave false testimony while under oath in Norfolk General District Court in September 2007, and again in April in Norfolk Circuit Court.

    Jacobs and Wenzel, who were hired in August 2005, were relieved of duty this morning and are on paid suspension, Marquis said. Dudley was an officer for two years and resigned Oct. 31.

    All three turned themselves in and were released on personal recognizance bonds.

    Other serious allegations are under legal review, Marquis said.

    We are held to a higher standard,” Marquis said. “Acts such as this can do harm to our police department."



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    Non-violent felonies don't necessarily translate into needing anything more than recognizance bond, do they?

    Not saying anything is fair, I'm just speaking from the experience of having a family friend who was charged with a non-violent felony and released on the same terms as the officers.

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    Repeater wrote:
    Other serious allegations are under legal review, Marquis said.

    We are held to a higher standard,” Marquis said. “Acts such as this can do harm to our police department."
    Oh yeah, because when non-LEO citizens procure false testimony, file false police reports, obstruct justice and commit perjury there are just really no consequences and nobody notices or cares. LEOs are held that that nearly unreasonable high standard of not lying on the job or willfully committing felonies. :quirky

    If my employees committed felonies (we deal with large sums of money at my company) it would most certainly do harm to my business. Why would the chief of police think that it would be any different for his "business"?
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    Repeater wrote:
    Wonder if this will help Dan Moore? Note that these LEO's were not custodially arrested or even released on a bond like anyone else would be for felonies; rather they were released on their own recognizance.

    From the Virginian-Pilot:


    By Matthew Bowers
    Michelle Washington
    The Virginian-Pilot
    © December 3, 2008

    *NORFOLK

    A grand jury today indicted two police officers and a former officer, said Police Chief Bruce P. Marquis.

    Charges against the officers include procuring false testimony, filing false police reports, obstructing justice and perjury, though none of them faces all those charges.

    The charges related to incidents in June 2007 and October 2008.

    Former police officer Gregory W. Dudley, 24, of Virginia Beach, was charged with procuring another to give false testimony, a felony; and making a false report to police, a misdemeanor, both for incidents that happened on Oct. 12. The indictments say he induced another to give false testimony under oath and that he gave a false report to a law enforcement official about the commission of a crime.

    Robert A. Jacobs, 28, was charged with one count of obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor. The indictment says he made a false statement to a law enforcement officer on Sept. 17, while the officer was investigating a crime committed by someone else.

    Andrew T. Wenzel, 29, of Chesapeake, was charged with two counts of felony perjury; and making a false report to police, a misdemeanor. The indictments say Wenzel gave false testimony while under oath in Norfolk General District Court in September 2007, and again in April in Norfolk Circuit Court.

    Jacobs and Wenzel, who were hired in August 2005, were relieved of duty this morning and are on paid suspension, Marquis said. Dudley was an officer for two years and resigned Oct. 31.

    All three turned themselves in and were released on personal recognizance bonds.

    Other serious allegations are under legal review, Marquis said.

    We are held to a higher standard,” Marquis said. “Acts such as this can do harm to our police department."

    I've seen alot of people get "PR" bonds when they have no criminal history and are charged with a non-violent felony. It happens all the time. More over, if they have lived in Virginia for a large amount of time that too is taken into account. I agree, they shouldn't be "held to a higher standard", we are all equal.

    On another note, what does this have to do with open carry or gun rights?

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