JUDGE

Philadelphia Judge Throws Out 110 Tainted Drug Convictions

A Philadelphia judge has thrown out 110 drug convictions tainted by allegations of police corruption.

Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper on Friday granted a prosecutor's request to dismiss the convictions of people arrested by a group of former officers now facing federal charges.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports a total of about 450 drug cases have been thrown out since the beginning of 2014 because of the police scandal.

Some of the defendants have already served their sentences or may be set free, but others will likely stay behind bars because they were also convicted on charges unconnected to the scandal.

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