The confidential informant in the perjury-tainted cocaine case that led to criminal charges against the prosecutor, judge and police officers hopes to get $100,000 or more for setting up the 2005 drug bust.
The informant, Chad Povish, testified before Judge David S. Robinson Jr. in Detroit 36th District Court today that he cut a deal with Inkster narcotics cops to get 10%-20% of whatever was seized in the arrest of Alexander Aceval, a bar owner and drug dealer.
Robinson told the attorneys that he set aside the entire week, if necessary, to hear the case.
I was going to get 10%-20% of everything, Povish testified this morning, adding that he believed Aceval of Farmington Hills was a millionaire.
His pay would be a “guesstimation of $100,000,” Povish testified.
This morning marked the opening of the preliminary exam of the extraordinary criminal case where law enforcement officials and a judge are charged with turning the system on its head by using perjury to hide Povish’s role in the case that resulted in the seizure of 47 kilos of cocaine.
Karen Plant, the former head of the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Drug Unit, and former Inkster police officers Robert McAruthur and Scott Rechtzigel face life in prison on charges of conspiracy to commit perjury in the Aceval drug case.
Mary Waterstone, the judge presiding over the trial, is facing five years in prison on charges of misconduct in office.
According to court documents and records, Waterstone OK’d perjury to hide Povish’s role as a confidential informant.
Also testifying this morning was Aceval’s defense lawyer James Feinberg. He testified that testimony about the confidential informant was false and that there could be prosecutorial and/or police misconduct in the case.
According to court documents introduced by Assistant Attorney General William Rollstin, Plant and Waterstone met privately and Waterstone signed orders blocking the release of some evidence even before the defense had filed them.
Feinberg said he did not know about the meetings or the order.
The charges were brought by the attorney general in spring 2009 after the Wayne County prosecutor and prosecutors from several other counties said they could not handle the case.
There have been extensive pretrial motions and legal maneuverings introduced in the case thus far.
BY JOE SWICKARD
11th Oct 2010
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