Greensboro Police Officer's Trial Goes To Jury

6:36 PM, Feb 19, 2009   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The jury began deliberations around 3:45 Thursday afternoon then recessed until Friday morning.

Shortly before that both the prosecution and defense presented their closing arguments. 

The defense argued that the city's computer use policy gave Sanders the right to access a Department of Housing and Urban Development computer that was in the possession of Officer Julius Fulmore.

Sanders' attorney also noted that a current assistant police chief accessed a state-owned computer recently without permission and was not indicted.

Seth Cohen says his client is a hard-working officer with 21 years of devoted service.

But the prosecution says Sanders didn't like Officer Fulmore and ignored evidence that indicated he was innocent of allegations he was involved in the drug trade and in fact, Fulmore was cleared by the SBI.

The prosecution also rebutted the defense's notion that a HUD agent lied when he testified he did not give sanders permission to access the computer.

The prosecutor says the defense was basically accusing the state, the SBI and HUD of conspiring against Sanders.

Officer sanders was mentioned several times in the city-funded RMA Report.

That report accuses Sanders of focusing investigations almost exclusively on black police officers.

Officer Julius Fulmore is black.

The report also says sanders was responsible for creating the so-called "black book", a photo line-up that was used to investigate an officer accused of hiring a prostitute.

The city faces lawsuits that allege that same "black book" was also used to conduct unfounded investigations against black officers.

The prosecution wanted to discuss some of those investigations in court.

The judge denied that testimony, deeming it irrelevant to the computer case.

We'll stay with this case until the jury renders a verdict.

WFMY News2

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