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Why $10 Million for Marty Tankleff is Not Enough

Suffolk County lawmakers on Thursday approved a $10 million settlement for Martin Tankleff, who served 17 years in prison for killing his parents before an appellate court overturned the conviction in 2007. The legislature’s Ways and Means Committee voted 5-0 for the settlement, which was recommended by County Attorney Dennis Brown. “There’s no amount of […]

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In Memory of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter

I just wanted to write about the Rubin “Hurricane” Carter I knew and the impact he has had on me and my professional practice over the last decade since we have known each other. So if this blog post goes off the normal topics of this site or perhaps rambles on a little bit, please […]

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NY Attorney General Announces Sweeping Changes to Help the Unjustly Convicted

NYS State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that he will propose legislation that revises Section 8-b of the New York State Court of Claims Act, which allows people who are wrongfully convicted of a crime, imprisoned and subsequently had their convictions overturned to present a claim for damages against the state. The Attorney […]

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The Man the State Forgot

I am not clear how this happens in America in 2013. Steve Slevin was pulled over for DWI in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Slevin was soon placed in padded cell in the jail’s floor, naked with only a suicide smock on, as a form of detoxification. Slevin then went into medical observation for a […]