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Man illegally searched by former Milwaukee cop has drug conviction tossed

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - A man who had a cavity illegally searched by former Milwaukee police officer Michael Vagnini had his drug conviction thrown out today.

35-year-old Larry Rogers said justice was finally done.

Authorities said Rogers was stopped in 2010, and Vagnini found illegal drugs in Rogers’ anal cavity.

A short time later, Rogers filed a complaint with Milwaukee’s Fire-and-Police Commission.

Nothing came of it until he later testified in a John Doe investigation into alleged improper strip searches by Milwaukee officers.

Rogers was also planning to testify against Vagnini in the officer’s criminal trial – but the trial was never held, because Vagnini struck a plea deal that gave him 26 months in prison.

Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said Rogers cooperated with investigators in the matter for a long time – so he deserved to have his conviction vacated.

Officials could not say what might happen to other suspects who had their cavities illegally examined by police.

Rogers’ attorney tried to throw out the conviction on a claim that police violated Rogers’ Fourth Amendment right to unreasonable searches, but Judge Jeffrey Wagner would not go that far, though.

Rogers already served his jail time, but two years of extended supervision were dropped when his name was cleared Monday.

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