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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cannibal fantasy or cannibal conspiracy?

The New York Times has this article reporting on the reversal of the conviction in this case:

The judge, Paul G. Gardephe of Federal District Court in Manhattan, acquitted the former officer, Gilberto Valle, on the most serious count that he faced, kidnapping conspiracy. He could have faced life in prison on that count.

“The evidentiary record is such that it is more likely than not the case that all of Valle’s Internet communications about kidnapping are fantasy role-play,” Judge Gardephe said in a 118-page opinion issued late on Monday.

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But federal prosecutors argued that Mr. Valle had taken “concrete steps” to further his plans, including illegally looking up potential victims in a law enforcement database, carrying out surveillance of them, and using the Internet to research ways to abduct, subdue and cook potential victims.

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