The Hamilton police officer was convicted of four of the five charges against him including bribery; the jury found he was taking money from drug dealers in exchange for police protection. Ruthowsky still faces 16 more charges in another trial scheduled to begin later this year. The officer remains out of custody, on bail, pending his sentence.
“Many observers seemed most perplexed by the result on the bribery allegations, which was founded on the most utterly preposterous of the allegations against my client. The resulting shock and disbelief shared by many in the courtroom was palpable.” Greg Lafontaine, Ruthowsky lawyer.
Lafontaine says he has a motion for a stay of proceeding scheduled in a few weeks, a drastic and rare legal remedy that can stop a prosecution.
Ruthowsky is still getting his sunshine-list salary. If he is sentenced as planned on May 11, his pay could be cut off.