Judge Ends NYPD Rape Trial Without Rape Verdict

By
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26:  A New York Police Department (NYPD) van is viewed on January 26, 2012 in New York City. After New York City's police commissioner Raymond Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down. The groups say that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. Approximately 20 activists held a news conference on the steps of City Hall criticizing Kelly for giving an interview to the producers of the film, which warns against the dangers of radical Islam. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images

A Manhattan judge has declared the trial of Inwood cop Michael Pena over, despite the jury's failure to reach a verdict on four rape-related charges. Pena was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young schoolteacher at gunpoint in an alley, but the defense argued that no penetration occurred, directly challenging the victim's tearful testimony. She reportedly sobbed hysterically today as the jury announced they had "no verdict" after three days of deliberating on the forcible intercourse charges. Pena still faces 25 years to life for the assault conviction.