Chattanooga cop found not guilty of extortion

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Chattanooga police officer has been found not guilty on charges of theft, extortion, official oppression and perjury.

A jury heard four days of testimony and deliberated for 10 hours before finding Lawrence Goodine not guilty on all counts on Saturday.

He was fired in April 2007 following an internal affairs investigation of claims that he lied and stole during traffic stops. He was charged with a total of 18 felonies and misdemeanors in May 2007.

Lee Davis, attorney for the former officer, said he was thankful for the jury's decision and that his 27-year-old client now can move forward with his life.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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