conviction on Leo Glodzik wasn't what it seemed. One would think
that a retired State Trooper could easily outclass the low class thug
Wrong. Not when one considers how many of the WB cops
have comported themselves. Sanguedolce had to overcome the
hurdle of a jury that may be poisoned by any of the bad actors from
the WB police. Many jurors may not make the distinction between
a city police officer and a better trained state policeman. To the
non distinguishing eye... they are all police.
Was a juror - or a juror's friend or family - ever been shouted
into child-like submission from the likes of cops Bill Harden or
Kenneth Jones? Were they on the receiving end of cop Dana
Cope's F-bombs? Were rules selectively enforced against them by
the cowardly and substance abusing police chief?
Have they witnessed (like LAG's neighbors have) cops hanging
out inside LAG's garage while on duty? Do they know Captain Bob
Hughes was selling cars on consignment from LAG? Did they see
beautiful cars (like a Mercedes) being driven by cops as bribes
from Leo Glodzik?
Apparently they missed what I heard on the final day when Leo
Glodzik said "I never charge cops, firemen, or military for tows"
(but poor black women are always fair game). Before you dab
your eyes in patriotic pride - realize what's being said here. Glodzik
made an in court admission that he gives cops tows (min $200) for
free. These are the cops that Glodzik relies upon for all his
revenue... and cops sworn to never accept anything of value. What
Glodzik admitted to was a massive bribe scheme.
Defense Attorney Sklarosky wisely went after the weakness set
forth by WB corruption. He knew that many people have been
grievously wronged by police... most especially WB police. One
juror with a lingering resentment was all he needed. For a while it
looked like Sklarosky would get it.
The verdict was satisfying and the current investigations are
even more encouraging. This area is at a demarcation point. As we
can gather from this trial - the act of a rogue cop not only hurts the
victim but in a much bigger sense - it betrays the public trust.
Without public trust expect juries to be insurmountably tainted.
Thank You Sam Sanguedolce. May this be the turning point