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Cop's charges bedevil Md. drug cases

Allegations of perjury against a Frederick Police Department officer have caused nine drug cases to be dropped, according to a report in the Frederick News-Post:

In addition, a 10th case, previously concluded with the sentencing of a defendant, has been reopened so a Frederick woman can try to withdraw her Alford plea of guilt, records state. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgment that had the case proceeded to trial, the state had sufficient evidence to convict.
Officer First Class Megan Mattingly, a member of the city police agency's drug enforcement unit, has been reassigned to administrative duties while authorities investigate allegations she committed perjury, authorities said last week.
Mattingly testified she saw things she herself did not witness, but that a neighbor reported to police, defense attorney Norman C. Usiak said.

Read the full report on the News-Post web site.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 15, 2010; 8:50 AM ET
Categories:  Frederick , From the Courthouse  
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