Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story 12/13/02

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The competition was heavy again this week, with runners-up including a drug court urine tester who provided negative test results in return for cash or sexual favors and positive test results for people he didn't like (Lafourche Parish, LA) and the San Francisco office of the FBI, which allowed a confidential informant to rise through the ranks of the Nuestra Familia gang, committing drug crimes and murders for some seven months while the FBI sat back and watched.

But this week's winners are Charleston, WV, police officers William Hart and George Henderson, whose misdeeds may well lead to the removal of federal prosecutors in a pending drug case. Defense attorneys for accused drug criminals Calvin Dyess and Eric Dewayne Spencer are asking a federal judge to remove prosecutors in their case because the prosecutors had worked closely with Hart and Henderson, who are currently suspended and under federal investigation for irregularities in the handling of drug cash and for threatening witnesses.

Hart was the lead investigator in a late 1990s drug case involving Dyess and his then-wife, Rachel Ursala Rader. Rader divorced Dyess shortly after the first arrests were made in the case, then turned in cash she said was drug money belonging to her ex-husband. In violation of police rules, Hart and Henderson let Rader keep $27,000, although they initially denied doing so.

But it gets better. In February 1999, at the same time Rader was delivering cash and getting kickbacks, she began a romantic relationship with Hart. They married in the summer of 2001 and divorced later that same year. Now Rader is alleging that Hart "threatened, intimidated, or assaulted" her and urged her to lie in court about the drug money. Hart and Henderson remain on suspension, a federal investigation continues, and a federal judge is considering the defense motion for a new prosecutorial team because the US Attorney's office worked so closely with Hart and Henderson.

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