Latest in police corruption trial: Defendant testifies



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 4:45 p.m.

One of six former drug squad members on trial in a police corruption case is expected to be grilled by prosecutors on Monday.

Milkman-turned-narcotics officer Michael Spicer has been a mild-mannered witness on the stand.

He is expected to be the only defendant to testify in what has largely been a joint defense during the month-long trial.

Spicer is challenging the earlier testimony of drug dealers and a convicted colleague.

They say the squad routinely stole large sums of cash and drugs, beat suspects to get them to cooperate, and lied in court to win convictions.

Spicer could be the last witness before the jury gets the case next week.

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One of six former drug squad members on trial in a Philadelphia corruption case has taken the stand and denies stealing money from drug dealers.

Ex-officer Michael Spicer disputes the testimony from drug traffickers who say the unit stole more than $400,000 from them during illegal searches.

Spicer says he never saw a safe in the penthouse apartment where marijuana dealer Robert Kushner says he lost $80,000.

He instead says three narcotics officers played basketball with Kushner while they tried to set up his supplier.

Kushner had told them he was a basketball coach.

Kushner's testimony last month led him to lose his job at a private suburban academy.

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Maryclaire Dale

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