Joseph Franco, a suspended NYPD detective, was indicted for perjury, official misconduct and filing false documents in connection with narcotic cases he was involved in between 2017 and 2018. As a result of Franco’s perjury and related charges, three people pleaded guilty and two were serving state prison sentences before prosecutors, while probing official corruption within the NYPD, unearthed Franco’s lies. It is once again worth noting that innocent people plead guilty to crimes they did not commit because they know that the scales of justice are unbalanced and heavily weighted against them and places those accused of crimes at a distinct disadvantage.
For quite some time I have argued that people who knowingly and falsely accuse people of crimes, including police officers and prosecutors who ignore and or withhold exculpatory evidence that would exonerate innocent people, should be subject to a sentence equivalent to the charges they falsely accused people that led to convictions.
As of now, Judge Mark Dwyer released Franco on his own recognizance. Where is the justice in that, not withstanding the presumption of innocence?