NY cop beat Vermont prosecution by claiming he was dying of cancer – USA Today

A New York City cop charged with child molestation convinced a Vermont judge in 1995 he was dying. Today, Leonard Forte is alive and well.

“Forte, then a 54-year-old former detective with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in New York, told the Vermont court his heart had failed and that he was on a transplant list. He said his doctors had given him a grim diagnosis: Without a new heart, he’d be dead within a year.

A Vermont prosecutor agreed to delay the case until Forte was healthy enough to stand trial – unless his terminal condition made prosecuting him a moot point. Forte never received a heart transplant. But he also didn’t die.

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