NYPD Commissioner Calls Verdicts "Disappointing"
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
New York, NY –
It's not everyday we get a verdict, let alone a mistrial, in a police murder case. Yesterday, we got both. Former "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato was cleared of second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of off-duty police officer, Daniel Enchautegui.
A judge also declared a mistrial in the shooting death of officer Russell Timoshenko during a traffic stop in Brooklyn last year.
Here to help us make sense of the two cases is Eugene O'Donnell Professor of Law and Police Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He's also a former police officer and former prosecutor.