Charles Schwarz, 2002 News
former New York police officer, in February had his convictions of obstructing of justice and civil rights violations in the Abner Louima torture case overturned. He was granted a new trial for the charge of violating Louima's civil rights—he allegedly held down Louima while another officer sodomized him with a broken broomstick. In July, a federal jury deadlocked on the civil rights charges but convicted Schwarz of perjury. Rather than face another trial on the civil rights charges, Schwarz in September agreed to a five-year sentence for the perjury charge and prosecutors dropped the other charges. In addition, Schwarz, his lawyers, and family are barred from ever speaking publicly about the case.