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Court upholds ex-Norfolk detective's convictions

Tuesday - 4/3/2012, 4:59pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal appeals court has affirmed a former Norfolk homicide detective's corruption convictions.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously rejected Robert Glenn Ford's claim that the trial court erred in allowing certain evidence.

Ford is serving 12 1/2 years in prison for two counts of extortion and one count of lying to the FBI. According to prosecutors, Ford took tens of thousands of dollars from drug dealers in exchange for getting them favorable treatment at sentencing.

Ford is best known as the detective who extracted confessions from the ex-sailors known as the "Norfolk Four." The men claimed police coerced them into falsely confessing to a rape and murder. Three of them received conditional pardons, freeing them from life prison terms.

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