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New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL
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Saratoga Murder Conviction Vacated – Falsified Evidence

On June 27, 2011, NYSACDL First Vice President Benjamin Ostrer received a decision vacating a 20 – life sentence in a conviction obtained over 10 years ago.  The conviction was based on evidence falsified by Gary Veeder at the New York State Police Lab.  Veeder, who had passed ASCLAD Certifications at least twice, committed suicide after the falsifications came to light.  Working with Ben, all on a pro bono basis,  were Vernon Broderick, Corey Chivers and Tashanna Pearson of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.  Their dedication and efforts over the years in litigating the case and pursuing justice are to be commended.  People v. Seeber, Ind. M 083-2000, M 160-2000v, Scarano, J. Saratoga County