Judge: Ex-Philly cop can go to jail next month

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 09:15 hrs

A federal judge says a former high-ranking member of the Philadelphia Police Department can remain free on bail until next month, denying a request by federal prosecutors who said he made intimidating statements toward his accuser and an FBI informant.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/oLHwJG ) reports U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III on Tuesday denied the government's request that former Inspector Daniel Castro be jailed immediately.

Following his sentencing last week Castro called himself a victim and held up pictures of the informant and a former business associate he pleaded guilty to plotting to shake-down for $90,000 over a failed real estate deal.

Castro's lawyer argued his client was entitled to express his feelings.

Castro is to begin his five-year sentence on November 15.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com

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