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Posted at 6:38 PM ET, 06/11/2010

Officer found not guilty of perjury

By Washington Post Editors

A jury returned a verdict of not guilty late Friday in the perjury trial of Montgomery County police officer Dina Hoffman.

Hoffman was accused of perjury after evidence, including surveillance video footage, contradicted her testimony against a man in a DUI case in 2008.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 11, 2010; 6:38 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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I am sick to my stomach here. The officer outright lied and then tried to say she had a faulty memory. You might forget he had a red shirt on. You might forget what he said. You don't forget he was passed out in the back seat. The officer told her supervisor at the time of the incident that she had found him behind the wheel with the engine running and smelling of alcohol. It does not matter another officer wrote the report. She lied. To her supervisor, and to the people of the State of Maryland, and denied due process to the suspect who was innocent of this crime.

I can only hope her superiors realize just how dishonest she is and removes her from a position of being able to lie to put some one in jail.

Posted by: sarg8677 | June 11, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

You walkup to a parked car and there is a drunk man on the back seat of the car. Is the man guilty of drunk driving? He might have drove the car to where it was parked. He might drive the car after he comes to. But at the time you see him he is NOT behind the wheel of the car. If you are a police person you can't charge the peron with DUI which means Driving Under the Influence. Thee is no such thing as a possible DUI crime. Yet we have a police women charge someone with DUI who was sleeping on back seat of their car. She might have gotten away with it had not a camera on a nearby building caught the whole thing on tape. Yet the good folks of MOCO found her not guilty. I wonder what her superiors think of her. I know the union probably thinks she did nothing wrong.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 11, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I must admit that this is truly a travesty of justice. This dude could've lost a lot because of the lies the officer told.

This video CLEARLY showed this dude in the backseat of his car. She would've come out better saying she saw him hop over the seat and into the back seat.

Posted by: bakerva | June 11, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm missing something here. How could she be not guilty of perjury?

Posted by: Eyjafjallajokullone | June 12, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

another dirty, lying cop...

Posted by: OldSalt8 | June 12, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I wonder how hard those scumbag prosecutors tried to put away somebody who was supposed to be on the same team?

Posted by: typefoutu | June 12, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I would love to put some of you on the stand today and ask you what you had for lunch on Monday June 1,2009 ad see how many of you can remember. Because when your a police officer who runs calls and arrests people for DUI'S on a daily basis remembering where someone is sitting in a car is a small detail. Was he arrested for DUI? Yes. Did Hoffman place him under arrest? No. It wasnt her decision. But if the people posting here knew the facts surrouding this case such as the fact that the individual was sitting in a running vehicle sloshed out of his mind in an empty industrial parking lot with no alcohol in or around the car well it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out he got there. And how was he getting home if the police didn't show up? HMMM I wonder. Now what would happen if he slammed into one of your loved ones and killed them? The bottom line is Officer Hoffman did her job that day and allowed an intoxicated person to be arrested and taken off the street and away from a potentially dangerous and possibly fatal situation. Is that so wrong? Is that what this world is coming too that are police officers,the ones that put THEIR lives on the line for you and I every day,are scrutinized for doing their job? Now that's sad. The bottom line is this...The man was cleary intoxicated and got off because of an officers faulty memory. That's our justice system. I just hope I don't share the road with him one day. Do you?

Posted by: rbjns6 | June 17, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

To rbjns6:

It was not his car and he did not drive it there. He was found in the parking lot of the building in which he worked, laying in the backseat of a friend's car, waiting for that friend to drive him home. I find it interesting that there is no mention of keys...woulnd't you need keys to drive a vehicle? Most likely he didn't have any, seeing as it wasn't even his vehicle and he was not going to be driving anyways.

Posted by: SportsSweetie5 | June 17, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Bakerva...this is an absolute travesty. How can this officer get away with lying, even though there was video proof? She lied to her supervisor about where the man was found. Her supervisor even testified in court that Officer Hoffman lied and told her he was in the front (video clearly shows otherwise). She is giving good police officers a bad name. I know some people on the force, and the great majority of them know she is lying and do NOT want her back. They have no room for liars and do not want someone like that on the streets. Officer Hoffman, you are one lucky girl. You should be in a jail cell right now.

Posted by: SportsSweetie5 | June 17, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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