RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond judge decided the conviction still stands in one of the cases accusing a former police detective of falsifying information on search warrants.
This is the first time this has happened. Eight other convictions involving former Richmond Police detective Jason Norton have been thrown out, but this is the first time evidence was presented concerning these accusations.
Prosecutors tried to show that Norton used false information in several search warrants involving the same criminal informant. The search warrants are from a four year period.
Prosecutors said there were discrepancies in the numbers and some of the files were incomplete. They said Norton used the same criminal informant in several search warrants, but there were inconsistencies in length of time Norton knew this informant and the number of arrests this informant is credited with.
Keep in mind this is all court documentation that the detective must swear under oath is true and accurate. A lieutenant involved with Richmond Police Department's special investigation unit was called in as a witness.
Thursday's case involved Daquon Terry, who was convicted in 2010 for possession of marijuana, but in the end, Judge Bailey Cavedo said Thursday's evidence didn't prove fraud and wondered why Norton wasn't subpoenaed.
Prosecutors said there are several more cases involving Norton at the circuit court level where prosecutors are looking to see if those convcitions will be tossed out based on the similar information.
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