The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers mourns the passing of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. He implemented initiatives demonstrating an understanding that the role of a prosecutor is to seek justice, and not to simply obtain convictions. By declining to prosecute marijuana possession cases, creating a strong Conviction Review Unit to review questionable past convictions, and establishing the Public Integrity Bureau to investigate public corruption, he helped restore Brooklyn’s faith in the criminal justice system. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of great loss. We hope his legacy will live on in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and his reforms will serve as a model for other District Attorneys throughout the country.
October 12th, 2016