Judge Tosses Some Charges Against Abbate

Day two of Officer Anthony Abbate's trial proved to be an eventful one, with a judge throwing out some charges and the suspended Chicago police officer taking the stand in his own defense.  And then, he was convicted.

Abbate was convicted of viciously beating a female bartender half his size.  The beating was caught on tape and played worldwide on the Internet and TV.

Judge John Flemming on Tuesday threw out the two official misconduct charges against Abbate, but refused to dismiss the most serious charge: aggravated battery.

Just after noon, Abbate took the stand in his own defense.

Abbate has been convicted of aggravated battery in this case and faces up to five years in prison.  Get the updates in our article, here.

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