[Hpn] Recording Nets Charges for NY Detective

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Recording Nets Charges for NY Detective

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Dec 6, 2007

By TOM HAYS=20


NEW YORK (AP) - A teenage suspect who secretly recorded his =
interrogation on an MP3 player has landed a veteran detective in the =
middle of perjury charges, authorities said Thursday.=20

Unaware of the recording, Detective Christopher Perino testified in =
April that the suspect "wasn't questioned" about a shooting in the =
Bronx, a criminal complaint said. But then the defense confronted the =
detective with a transcript it said proved he had spent more than an =
hour unsuccessfully trying to persuade Erik Crespo to confess - at times =
with vulgar tactics.=20

Once the transcript was revealed in court, prosecutors asked for a =
recess, defense attorney Mark DeMarco said. The detective was pulled =
from the witness stand and advised to get a lawyer.=20

Perino, 42, was arraigned Thursday on 12 counts of first-degree perjury =
and faces as many as seven years on each count, prosecutors said. He was =
released on $15,000 bail.=20

His attorney did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking =
comment Thursday. A New York Police Department spokesman declined to =
comment.=20

The allegations "put the safety of all law-abiding citizens at risk =
because they undermine the integrity and foundation of the entire =
criminal justice system," District Attorney Robert Johnson said in a =
statement.=20

Perino had arrested Crespo on New Year's Eve 2005 while investigating =
the shooting of a man in an elevator. While in an interrogation room at =
a station house, Crespo, then 17, stealthily pressed the record button =
on the MP3 player, a Christmas gift, DeMarco said.=20

After Crespo was charged with attempted murder, his family surprised =
DeMarco by playing him the recording.=20

"I couldn't believe my ears," said the lawyer, who decided to keep the =
recording under wraps until he cross-examined Perino at the trial.=20

Prosecutors then offered Crespo, who had faced as many as 25 years if =
convicted, seven years if he pleaded guilty to a weapons charge. He =
accepted.=20




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<P>NEW YORK (AP) - A teenage suspect who secretly recorded his =
interrogation on=20
an MP3 player has landed a veteran detective in the middle of perjury =
charges,=20
authorities said Thursday.=20
<P>Unaware of the recording, Detective Christopher Perino testified in =
April=20
that the suspect "wasn't questioned" about a shooting in the Bronx, a =
criminal=20
complaint said. But then the defense confronted the detective with a =
transcript=20
it said proved he had spent more than an hour unsuccessfully trying to =
persuade=20
Erik Crespo to confess - at times with vulgar tactics.=20
<P>Once the transcript was revealed in court, prosecutors asked for a =
recess,=20
defense attorney Mark DeMarco said. The detective was pulled from the =
witness=20
stand and advised to get a lawyer.=20
<P>Perino, 42, was arraigned Thursday on 12 counts of first-degree =
perjury and=20
faces as many as seven years on each count, prosecutors said. He was =
released on=20
$15,000 bail.=20
<P>His attorney did not immediately respond to a telephone message =
seeking=20
comment Thursday. A New York Police Department spokesman declined to =
comment.=20
<P>The allegations "put the safety of all law-abiding citizens at risk =
because=20
they undermine the integrity and foundation of the entire criminal =
justice=20
system," District Attorney Robert Johnson said in a statement.=20
<P>Perino had arrested Crespo on New Year's Eve 2005 while investigating =
the=20
shooting of a man in an elevator. While in an interrogation room at a =
station=20
house, Crespo, then 17, stealthily pressed the record button on the MP3 =
player,=20
a Christmas gift, DeMarco said.=20
<P>After Crespo was charged with attempted murder, his family surprised =
DeMarco=20
by playing him the recording.=20
<P>"I couldn't believe my ears," said the lawyer, who decided to keep =
the=20
recording under wraps until he cross-examined Perino at the trial.=20
<P>Prosecutors then offered Crespo, who had faced as many as 25 years if =

convicted, seven years if he pleaded guilty to a weapons charge. He =
accepted.=20
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