2003-04-12 / Community

Baley Acquitted in Gun Charge

Baley Acquitted in Gun Charge

Rockaway resident Robert Baley was found not guilty in Queens Supreme Court last week of charges that he possessed an illegal hand gun.

Baley was arrested on August 16 by police officers of the 101 Precinct who testified that the saw him drop a bag that contained a handgun.

Baley’s lawyer, Jason Russo of Kew Gardens, told The Wave that it did not happen that way and that jury members told him when the case was over that they did not believe the police officers.

"The jury believed that at least one of the police officers testified falsely about what he saw that day," Russo says. "They believed that the other officer just went along with his story."

Baley was acquitted on April 3 by a jury that was comprised of six men and six women, according to Queens DA Richard Brown. He was tried for Criminal Possession of a Weapon second degree.

The trial lasted four days and the jury deliberated for about a day prior to its not guilty verdict.

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