Now, 85 convictions from Walker's arrests have been overturned. From November through January, 74 cases were tossed out, having been tainted by Walker's involvement.
Attorney Bradley Bridge, of the Defender Association, said his office and city prosecutors are discussing the fate of about 20 more cases in preparation for an April 4 court hearing.
Of the cases overturned yesterday, three defendants are still behind bars while eight had finished their sentences and been freed, Bridge said.
Many of the defendants whose convictions were overturned had pleaded guilty to their charges, so innocent people were not being jailed, said Assistant District Attorney Robin Godfrey, chief of the Post Conviction Relief Act Unit.
"I don't think there's any question of guilt or innocence," she said. "It's not so much claims of innocence. It's a claim of, 'You have a police officer who's been arrested, and under the circumstances it's the right thing to do.' So, it's the right thing to do."
Woods-Skipper denied Bridge's request to overturn 15 more Walker cases, because Walker's involvement in those cases was deemed minimal.
Walker, a 24-year veteran of the city police force and a narcotics cop since 1999, was arrested in a May FBI sting in which he planted drugs on a dealer he had arrested and stole $15,000 from the dealer's Kingsessing house.
His lawyer, Thomas Fitzpatrick, said Monday that Walker will cooperate with federal investigators who are on the hunt for other dirty cops.
"There will be a significant amount of indictments - more than I can count at this time," Fitzpatrick said.
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