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'Rape Cops' Headed to Jail After Losing Misconduct Conviction Appeal

Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, acquitted of rape, lost an appeal on a misconduct conviction.

Meatpacking District »

Actress Taryn Manning Charged With Assaulting Her Assistant

"8 Mile" actress Taryn Manning was charged Friday with assaulting her assistant and longtime pal.

Upper East Side & Roosevelt Island »

One-Legged Upper East Side Man Found Guilty of Assaulting Ex-Stripper

Thomas Hartmann was found guilty of assaulting Sophia Kandelaki after a night of drinking on the UES.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Misdemeanor Heroin Case Against Kenneth Moreno Dismissed

Prosecutors will not pursue two misdemeanor counts of heroin possession against Kenneth Moreno, they said Monday.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Second Ex-Police Officer Acquitted of Rape to Remain Free on $35K Bail

Franklin Mata, 29, was allowed to stay out of jail on $35,000 bail on Monday pending his appeal.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Ex-Cop Cleared of Rape Sentenced to Year in Jail for Misconduct

Former NYPD officer Kenneth Moreno was sentenced Monday to a year in jail for official misconduct. His lawyers immediately filed an appeal.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Kenneth Moreno Still Faces Heroin Possession Charges, DA Says

Kenneth Moreno was indicted on charges he had heroin in his NYPD locker, but it's unclear whether prosecutors will pursue it.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Cops Acquitted of Rape Seek Delay in Sentencing on Misconduct Conviction

Lawyers for Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata say they need more time before sentencing due to "legal issues."

East Village & Lower East Side »

The CSI Effect: Lack of DNA Evidence Spared Cops Accused of Rape

Thursday's verdict highlights how an absence of forensic evidence can make or break a criminal case, lawyers said.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Cops Found Not Guilty of East Village Rape

The jury found cops Kenneth Moreno, 43, and Franklin Mata, 29, not guilty of rape charges, but both convicted of official misconduct.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Jury Re-Hears Accuser's Testimony in Cops Rape Trial

After hours of wrangling, jury got to hear portions of what the East Village woman told the court.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Deliberations Continue in Trial of East Village Cops Accused of Rape

Jurors asked to look at evidence regarding police misconduct as their first full day of deliberations began.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Police Accused of Rape are 'New York City's Worst,' DA Says

Prosecutors said police were capable of lying to their bosses, so they could have lied on the stand about the alleged attack.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Woman Who Accused Cops of Rape is Out for Money, Attorney Says

Attorney Edward Mandery delivered his closing arguments for Officer Franklin Mata Monday.

East Village & Lower East Side »

Lack of DNA Means 'Rape Cops' Should be Acquitted, Lawyer Says

Kenneth Moreno, 43, and Franklin Mata, 29, could soon learn their fate as the trial nears an end.

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