Court acquits, frees ex-NYPD cop who plotted to kill, cook, eat women

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – A federal court judge in Manhattan ordered the release of a former New York Police Department officer, who plotted to kill women and eat them, on Tuesday afternoon, a day after overturning his 2013 conviction from kidnapping conspiracy.

Gilberto Valle walked out of the Manhattan courthouse and was met and hugged by his mother outside after Judge Paul G. Gardephe refused the request of prosecutors to keep him detained at the Manhattan Detention Complex while they appeal his acquittal last year.

Gardephe allowed the ex-cop to post a $100,000 bond so he can return home. The judge ordered Valle not to use a computer or the Internet, and avoid contacting witnesses who testified at his trial or people he planned to kidnap. The court’s pretrial services office will supervise his home detention.

The judge explained in his 118-page opinion that also granted Valle a retrial that his online threats to eat his victims were just a fantasy.

“He is guilty of nothing more than very unconventional thoughts, but as Judge Gardephe has validated, we don’t put people in jail for their thoughts. We’re not the thought police, and the court system is not the deputies of the thought police,” said one defense lawyer, Julia L. Gatto.

The judge, however, upheld Valle’s conviction for illegally gaining access to the law enforcement database to look for his victims. He had served the one-year sentence for the crime since he spent 21 months in jail.

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