Drug squad corruption case weighed by US jury for 2nd day

A federal jury is back at work weighing corruption charges against six former members of a Philadelphia drug squad.

The veteran undercover officers with the Philadelphia Police Department are accused of stealing $400,000 during rogue drug raids.

Federal prosecutors say they also planted evidence, lied in court and roughed people up.

The defense attacks the government witness as drug dealers, liars and a disgraced colleague. Former officer Jeffrey Walker is cooperating after being caught in an FBI sting and pleading guilty.

Lead defendant Thomas Liciardello has been in custody since last summer’s indictment. The other five defendants are free on bail.

They have presented a joint defense and had several police supervisors testify on their behalf.

The jury is deliberating for a second day after a month of evidence.

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