Judges split on bail for Philly police officers

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Associated Press

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 4 at 4:03 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer accused of being an enforcer in a group of officers suspected of theft and rogue behavior has been granted bail.

U.S. Magistrate Timothy Rice will release the officer, Linwood Norman, on house arrest until the group's racketeering trial.

He's among six members of the city's narcotics unit who are charged with robbing drug suspects of more than $500,000 in cash and cocaine — often at gunpoint.

A different judge denied bail earlier Monday to defendant officer Michael Spicer. That decision is expected to be appealed.

Defense lawyers say the accusers are all criminals, including a convicted colleague now cooperating in the FBI probe.

Prosecutors say the indicted officers are threats to the witnesses in the case.

The officers have pleaded not guilty since their arrests Wednesday.

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