Judge with Soft Spot for Dirty Cops Sentences Dirty NYPD Cop to One Da
New York City police officer Michael Bergmann did not think twice about committing perjury on the witness stand last year when he testified under oath before a grand jury that a man had tried to run him over in the hopes of sending him to prison for a crime he did not commit.
Like many cops, Bergmann probably figured he would never be caught. He probably also figured that even if he were caught, his Blue Privilege would protect him.
Turns out, he was right.
Thanks to a judge with a soft spot for dirty cops, Bergmann was sentenced to only one day in jail with time served earlier this month despite pleading guilty to perjury which is punishable by one to seven years in prison.
"Considering the crime that the defendant committed, I do find a six month incarceration... would be unduly harsh," said Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun in rejecting even a six-month sentence, according to the New York Daily News.
Meanwhile, the victim in this case, Pedro Barbosa, was convicted of attempted assault in the first degree and was facing up to 15 years in prison when the public defender hired an investigator to look deeper into the case.
The investigator came across surveillance video from a nearby business which showed Barbosa never came close to striking Bergmann with his car. The video is posted below.