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Former APD officer out on bail

— ALBANY — A former Albany Police Department detective who has been granted a new trial for a May 2010 child molestation conviction has been allowed a $7,500 bail, District Attorney Greg Edwards said Thursday.

Vincent Wadley walked free for the first time since the guilty verdict at his first trial for molesting a 7-year-old in May 2008.

Superior Court Stephen Goss, who originally denied bail, granted the bail Thursday at the Dougherty County Jail’s Judicial Center.

“I’m happy he is out,” said James Finkelstein, Wadley’s defense attorney. “I’m hopeful an appellate court will bar a new trial based on double jeopardy in four to six months.”

Wadley was with the Albany police for five years when he was charged and indicted. Convicted by a jury, Wadley petitioned the Dougherty Superior Court to vacate his conviction and call for a new trial, which it granted.

The conviction was vacated because Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall made opinionated remarks while presiding over Wadley’s first trial while the jury could hear them.

Wadley had been out on $10,000 bail during his first trial. At the district attorney’s request, Wadley had been denied bond for the second trial. He was remanded to the Dougherty County Jail until the new trial.

Finkelstein then filed a motion in Probate Court to have Wadley released until his trial date. Before Probate Judge Nancy Stephenson could rule on the motion, the district attorney’s office filed what’s known as a writ of prohibition to bar the probate judge from considering the matter.

Chief Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette granted a temporary restraining order on the Probate Court until he could review the writ and render a decision.

On Aug. 26, Finkelstein filed a civil rights violation suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia here in Albany, contending that Wadley’s constitutional rights were being violated by his incarceration until his new trial.

In his motion, Finkelstein argued that Wadley was initially granted bond, had “impeccable conduct” while awaiting his first trial and had met all of the requirements to receive a bond since his conviction was vacated.

With the court ruling in Finkelstein’s favor on the case, bail was set. District Attorney Greg Edwards said he was ready to go to trial.

“We were ready to go to trial then (before Wadley had bail),” Edwards said. “We are ready to go to trial now and present evidence to a jury.”

Comments

Abytaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

Ok I know this will start a fire storm or load of BS as the case maybe. But at what point do we start treating Criminals like Criminals? Let’s protect all their rights and take care of them making sure not to upset them while the victims get nothing.

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

As usual, the Criminals get more rights than the victims do.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe some one will give him a dose of his medicine.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 2 months ago

An outrage that he was granted bail at all, but, $7500? That's a misprint, right?

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 2 months ago

I know which Judge I will not be voting for come re-election time.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Vincent Wadley and Angelo Taylor could get together and make some plans now.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

If Albany would set their bonds higher we would not have these thugs walking the streets holding their pants up. We all know the swayed walk. Orthopedic doctors cannot wait for the hip surgeries. Yes, this judge has got to go. Which one was the actual judge? Was it Willie Lockette?

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 2 months ago

The last time I checked, this guy had not been convicted of a crime. You can disgrace him, but until you get the whole truth - it's best to stay cool. The lynching him before his day in court is a practice that should not be relived nor repeaded.

The wheels of justice are slow, treat him as a human, and if he is found guilty or innocent, continue to treat him human. Dont be consumed by the hype, we love our children, and we are protective of them, but we must let the judiciary system do its job.

Stay informed, so your comments will make sense.

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SkibaFan1 2 years, 2 months ago

Funny how some people assume that anyone else accused of a crime must be guilty, but when it's them or their family member who is falsely accused, they have no trouble believing that the police made a mistake. From what I heard from people who actually sat through the trial, this guy is innocent. If you ever bother to check the court records, you'll find dozens of cases that the DA's office has had to dismiss when it turned out that people were innocent but the police dropped the ball during their investigation. And remember how many stories have we seen in the paper where DNA evidence proved that people were locked up for years for crimes they never committed.

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atina3438 2 years, 2 months ago

So much for those sworn to uphold the law! Such a joke! Finkelstein can only hope for a breakdown in the sytem to win his case!

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SkibaFan1 2 years, 2 months ago

Funny how some people assume that anyone else accused of a crime must be guilty, but when it's them or their family member who is falsely accused, they have no trouble believing that the police made a mistake. From what I heard from people who actually sat through the trial, this guy is innocent.

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