Fallout from claims against ex-Philly detective Nordo grows with more lawsuits, suspects freed from prison
Author: Mensah M. Dean,
Exonerated: James Frazier
The Philip Nordo fallout may be mounting for the City of Philadelphia.
As the ex-homicide detective sits in jail awaiting trial on charges that for years he raped, assaulted, stalked, and intimidated male witnesses, more lawsuits have landed against him and the city.
In one filed Thursday, James Frazier says that after he rebuffed Nordo’s sexual advances, the detective coerced him into signing a false confession, and he served nearly seven years of a life sentence for a 2012 double murder in which he had no role. Two weeks ago, Frazier was freed from prison after the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said there was “insufficient credible evidence” to prove his guilt.
Frazier’s suit came one day after a civil claim from another man who was released from state prison in January after serving nine years of a 15-to-30-year sentence for third-degree murder. The lawsuit by Jamal Simmons, who says Nordo and other officers coerced witnesses to make false statements implicating him in a 2009 slaying, seeks $25 million from the city.