Saturday, October 30, 2010

Choosing the wrong victim: 5 years for corrupt SA police union treasurer

Here's a case that's flown under the radar: A San Antonio police union official was convicted of embezzling $104,000 from union coffers and received a five year sentence, though the judge retained the option of switching to shock probation within the next six months. Reported Craig Kapitan at the Express-News:
[Clifford] Morgan, who served with the department for 11 years, came to court Friday with a $56,899 restitution check for the police union. Given the effort to pay the money back, defense attorney Steven Price said, he should be given a chance at probation.

Theft between $100,000 and $200,000 is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. In exchange for his no contest plea in August, prosecutors agreed to ask the judge for no more than 10 years in prison.

Because of the payment, prosecutors opted to remain silent during the brief punishment hearing, letting the police report speak for itself, said first Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg. But five years in prison is appropriate given his position of trust, he said.
Via Injustice Everywhere.


zeety said...

That whole SAPD union has been corrupt since Harold Flammia was the president. It started when they got collective bargaining rights (1988?)and completely spun out of control since then. They also got their own PAC and started that CLEAT thing.

For a few years in the late '90s the SAPD were the highest paid cops in the country. I know one personally who pulled down an un-freaking-believable pension just because his retirement happened at the right time.

I don't begrudge them getting paid well, having had contact with cops all over the country I think SAPD are very professional. Especially if you compare them to their counterparts in the Bexar County Sheriff's Dept. Eek, what a bunch of losers.

Mobile Truck Repair said...

Wow, some people never stop to amaze me. It's not like he was dumb to get to this position in the first place...