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Judge frees ‘Cannibal Cop’ after conviction is overturned

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MANHATTAN (PIX11)– Gilberto Valle walked out of court Tuesday afternoon after a federal judge overturned his conviction by ruling all of his discussions, writings and videos about cooking and eating women – including his own wife, were simply not enough to keep the former New York City Police Officer behind bars.

His team argued all along their client should not have been convicted for what they labeled a ‘thought crime’.

In his decision, the judge was more direct writing, “Moreover, the nearly year-long kidnapping conspiracy alleged by the government is one in which no one was ever kidnapped, no attempted kidnapping ever took place, and no real-world steps were ever taken to kidnap anyone.”

It’s been more than a decade since the film “The Minority Report” zeroed in on the concept of punishing someone for committing thought crime.

But defense attorney Ron Kuby say although the nature of Valle’s admittedly disturbing behavior convinced a jury to put him away for a crimes he never actually committed in the real world, the law is the law.