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Philadelphia police officers found guilty of taking payoffs

Seven former Philadelphia police officers, including the former deputy commissioner of the department, were convicted Friday on charges of accepting $ 350,000 in payoffs.

A US District Court jury, reviewing 47 separate felony charges, deliberated about seven hours over two days before finding the men guilty on all counts of racketeering, extortion and conspiracy.

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In addition, former deputy commissioner James Martin and chief inspector Joseph DePeri were convicted on obstruction of justice charges for trying to hinder the federal investigation.

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