Judge to Review Bail for Narcotics Officers

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    Four of the six officers facing several charges will have their bail reviewed Thursday. (Published Thursday, Aug 7, 2014)

    A federal judge will reconsider the bail granted to four Philadelphia police officers charged in a violent robbery scheme.

    Prosecutors are appealing lower-court rulings this week to grant house arrest to four of the six narcotics squad officers charged. Linwood Norman, 46; Perry Betts, 46; Brian Reynolds, 43; and John Speiser, 42: were granted bail while accused ringleader Thomas Liciardello, 38; and Michael Spicer, 46; remained in custody.

    The indictment accuses them of kidnapping and beating drug suspects as they stole more than $500,000 in cash and three kilograms of cocaine over several years.

    U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno will hear the government's appeal of the bail rulings on Thursday.

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    Defense lawyers say the case is built on the tainted testimony of drug dealers and a convicted ex-colleague from the drug squad.