Federal Defenders wins aquittal for former NYPD officer charged with internet conspiracy to commit kidnapping

Federal Defenders won an acquittal this week in United States v. Valle. In a thoughtful 118-page opinion, Judge Gardephe granted a motion for acquittal pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29, finding that no reasonable juror could have found that Mr. Valle acutally intended to commit a kidnapping. In a case which garnered a great deal of press attention, Federal Defenders argued that Mr. Valle had committed no crime and was being prosecuted for his thoughts. After careful deliberation, Judge Gardephe overturned the jury's verdict on the conspiracy to kidnap charge and released Mr. Valle pending the Government's appeal.  To view a NY Times article reporting on the decision, click here