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Merrimack Valley

October 8, 2013

Brief defense made in Lopez corruption trial

Closing arguments, possible verdict today in city cop case


M & W at that time was one of the four city towing companies that towed for the city of Lawrence on a rotating basis. Calixto made roughly $150 off every tow ordered by police.

Calixto, who once had seven tow trucks, now only has one truck he runs out of this home. He works full-time as a driver for JRM, he said.

An FBI analyst also provided a year to year comparison of tows ordered by Lopez during the time frame he was indicted in.

In January 2010, Lopez ordered 3 tows during M & W’s respective tow week that month. A year later, in January 2011, Lopez ordered 30 tows during M & W’s tow week, according to the analysis.

Also, in February 2010, Lopez ordered three tows during M & W’s tow week. A year later, during the same respective tow week, he called for 48 M & W tows, according to the FBI calculations.

However, Cain noted during cross examination the FBI analysis did not factor in weather conditions or police department staffing levels.

Lopez, who earns $60,000 annually, was put on paid administrative leave after his indictment. While he hasn’t worked in more than a year, Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua, who Lopez supports politically, has allowed Lopez to stay on the city payroll.

Eight supporters were in court with Lopez yesterday, including his two children.

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill.

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