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Judge overturns conviction, frees New York's 'cannibal cop'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 03:03

Former New York City police officer Gilberto Valle, dubbed by local media as the "Cannibal Cop" listens during his trial in this courtroom sketch in New YorkBy Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered New York's "cannibal cop" released from jail after overturning the former city police officer's conviction for plotting to kidnap, kill and cook women. U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan threw out the conviction of Gilberto Valle, 30, after federal public defenders argued that the U.S. Constitution grants people the right to fantasize, free from government interference. Entering the packed courtroom, a beaming Valle, wearing jail-issued blue pants and top, hugged his lawyers and nodded to family members. Gardephe ordered Valle released on $100,000 bond.