Philadelphia Pa. March 21, 2014
This week, a federal jury acquitted former Philadelphia Police Officer Joseph Harvey of all charges stemming from a 2009 incident in an abandoned Kensington Row where a woman accused of the Officer of indecent exposure and violating her civil rights. The jury agreed with testimony that the sexual encounter was consensual and thus not criminal.
According to his lawyer in the case, James Funt, “Mr. Harvey has always asserted his innocence in this case. After 4 ½ years of innuendo and speculation, he finally had an opportunity to tell his side of the story which was supported by the government’s own evidence. He is deeply gratified that the jury saw the truth; that while his conduct violated the sanctity of his marriage, it was not criminal. Mr. Harvey is also thankful to all of his friends and colleagues who supported him throughout this ordeal, especially his wife who has never wavered in her support of him. He looks forward to rebuilding his life without this cloud of suspicion hanging over his head”.
Mr. Funt is considered one of the leaders of the Philadelphia criminal defense bar, currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Criminal Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. His clients include members of the law enforcement community, including police and probation officers, as well as members of the firefighters union and Teamsters. Over the last 20 years, he has successfully tried thousands of criminal cases, many extremely high profile, before both judges and juries in state and federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Funt is happy to answer questions about the case.