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New York's 'cannibal cop' freed after judge overturns conviction
New York's 'cannibal cop' freed after judge overturns conviction

A former New York police officer who was found guilty last year of what prosecutors said was a plot to kidnap and eat young women was freed Tuesday after a federal judge overturned the conviction in the so-called cannibal cop case, saying that the scheme was nothing more than a sexual fantasy on the Internet. U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe overturned the conviction of former Officer Gilberto Valle, 40, and set bail at $100,000. The judge delivered a verdict of acquittal on the most serious count, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, which could have brought him a sentence of life in prison. “This is a conspiracy that existed solely in cyberspace,” Gardephe ruled. Valle,...

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