A federal appeals court has cleared former NYPD officer Gilberto Valle, who was accused of scheming to kidnap and slaughter 100 woman, and eat their remains, according to reports.
The so-called "cannibal cop" was found guilty two years ago of conspiring to kidnap, kill and cook a list of woman he maintained online, including his wife.
However, Valle never acted on any of the plans investigators found through his digital correspondence.
In July of 2014, Valle's conviction was overturned. Federal Judge Paul Gardephe ruled there was insufficient evidence to support Valle's conviction, and subsequently wrote "it is more likely than not the case that all of Valle's Internet communications about kidnapping are fantasy role-play."
The federal appeal court upheld the lower court's decision Thursday in a 2-1 vote, according to the NY Post.
"Fantasizing about committing a crime ... is not a crime," Judge Barrington Parker writing for the majority, according to Reuters.
And the judge was right in this case. If no laws were broken, then there was no crime and therefore no justification for imprisoning this man.
Yes, his fantasies are perverse and he probably needs a better hobby like video games or fishing, but again, he hasn’t done anything.
This is how things should be. Thoughts are not crimes. Only actions are crimes.
And seriously, did you really think this guy was going to kidnap 100 women and eat all of them? It is so ridiculous it has to be a fantasy.