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.

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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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