KopBusters’ Trap May Have Aided Yolanda Madden’s Release From Prison

December 20, 2009

(ChattahBox)—-Yolanda Madden, an Odessa Texas woman and mother, who was sent to prison in 2005 for what her family claims was a trumped up charge of possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute, was released on Friday. U.S. District Judge Rob Junell ordered a new trial and vacated her conviction, based on the prosecution’s failure to disclose a document that could have proved her innocence. Madden claims the drugs were planted on her. And although, a drug informant admitted to planting the drugs on her, she was still convicted and sent to federal prison for six years and six months.

Madden’s father Raymond Madden asked Barry Cooper of the project KopBusters, that stages stings to expose police corruption, to help expose the corruption of the Odessa police who he says framed his daughter. Cooper and his KopBusters crew successfully trapped the Odessa police in raiding a fake drug house with an illegal warrant. With the light shined on the questionable practices of local drug officers, Madden was eventually successful in drawing attention to her case.

Barry Cooper, who spent 8 years as a Texas narcotics officers quit law enforcement when he realized how many innocent people go to jail because of the war on drugs. The Odessa police raid on his fake grow house revealed how drug enforcement cops frequently employ questionable affidavits to bypass probable cause requirements, when obtaining warrants.

The judge didn’t find wrongdoing on the part of local police or the district attorney’s office, but did find that an exculpatory document was withheld from Madden’s attorney. “The evidence was withheld, no matter how inadvertently, by the prosecution in this case. The evidence in question is undeniably material, as this Court finds ‘there is a reasonable probability that, had the evidence been disclosed to the defense the result of the proceeding would have been different,”‘ ruled Judge Junell.

The material in question was a log-in sheet of a police officer who testified that Madden confessed to him while he was interrogating her. However, the log-in sheet of former OPD Cpl. Greg Travland, showed that he was not at the police station at the time.

Judge Junell set a new trial date for March 1, 2010. Raymond Madden is hoping that the attorney general will now drop the case. “These people have egos,” he said. “The Feds do not like to lose.”

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