Monday, November 17, 2008
Cop Corruption Case Takes An Odd Twist
Jason Barber is one of several IMPD police officers who has faced criminal charges since the beginning of the year. Barber is charged with selling a handgun to a convicted felon and official misconduct. According to the Star's Jon Murray, an attorney for Barber claims the confidential informant in Barber's case, the convicted felon who allegedly purchased the gun from Barber, recanted his story about purchasing the gun from Barber. Making matters worse, Corey Smith, the 30-year-old informant, was found dead last week under suspicious circumstances. Barber's attorney claims that Smith was coached by police to help frame his client according to Smith's recantation. Not surprisingly, Barber's attorney wants prosecutors to dismiss the charges against his client. Retired IU criminal law professor Henry Karlson tells Murray that prosecutors will have a tough time obtaining a conviction. Any way you choose look at this latest development in this case, it further shakes public confidence in the Indianapolis police department.