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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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Senator John A. DeFrancisco & Assemblyman N. Nick Perry, Along with NYSACDL & ITCHY, Pursue Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct

June 13, 2018 – 11:00AM
Legislative Office Building
Room 130
198 State Street, Albany NY
On June 13, 2018 at 11:00am, a press conference will be held with Senator John DeFrancisco, Assemblyman Nick Perry, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL), It Could Happen To You (ITCHY), and others listed below, to highlight the need for a State Commission on Prosecutorial Misconduct, as outlined in Bill A5285-C/S2412-D. This press conference will be held at the Legislative Office Building, Room 130, 198 State Street, Albany, NY.
In 2017, New York had the fourth highest number of exonerations nationally. Prosecutorial misconduct results in wrongful convictions and innumerable ancillary injustices, such as the denial of bail to defendants when information existed that substantially weakened the prosecutor’s case, spoliation of valuable investigative leads, and permitting guilty persons to roam free and commit further crimes.  These violations often require the re-trying of cases at enormous expense to taxpayers, placing even greater strain on the criminal justice system’s limited resources.
Senator DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Perry, along with wrongfully convicted exonerees, NYSACDL, ITCHY, and national justice stakeholders, are in the midst of a statewide campaign to establish the long overdue State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct. This commission addresses a key problem that leads to continued prosecution violations of ethics rules and criminal procedure laws – prosecutors’ lack of public accountability.
Press conference speakers will include Shawn Lawrence, who was serving 75 years to life for a murder he did not commit, when on February 15, 2018, a New York Supreme Court Judge dismissed the indictment against him, citing to the “absolutely stunning” prosecutorial misconduct that resulted in his wrongful conviction. Along with Lawrence, exoneree Jabbar Collins will make remarks about his 2010 vacated conviction after spending 16 years in prison, also for a murder he did not commit; another case where a Federal Judge criticized the District Attorney’s office for its handling of the case.
Speakers & Organizations on June 13th will include:
• Elected Officials;
• Nationally recognized exonerees – Shawn Lawrence, Jabbar Collins, and Selwyn Days;
• New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NYSACDL)
• It Could Happen To You (ITCHY)
For more information contact:
• Andy Kossover, NYSACDL –
• Amy Marion, NYSACDL –
• Bill Bastuk, It Could Happen To You –