‘Cannibal Cop’ Will Be Home for Dinner

‘Cannibal Cob’ Gilberto Valle is about to taste freedom. Valle was granted release by a Manhattan judge on Tuesday afternoon on a $100,000 bond and will serve house arrest. Late Monday, a federal judge overturned the former New York police officer’s conviction, saying there was insufficient evidence for the charge that he plotted to cook, eat, rape, and murder women. Judge Paul Gardephe wrote in his reversal that “the evidentiary record is such that it is more likely than not the case that all of Valle’s Internet communications about kidnapping are fantasy role-play.” Gardephe did uphold Valle’s second count of illegally using NYPD databases to target women, but Valle has already served over a year in prison, which meets the sentencing requirement for that crime.