New York City Poised for More Wrongful Conviction Suits


Less than a week after New York City’s comptroller approved a settlement of $41 million for the Central Park Five, the

Daily News

reported that he is anticipating more wrongful conviction claims to come forward.


Comptroller Scott Stringer thinks that the recent settlement will be the first of many that he will be considering, including claims stemming from the review of 50 murder cases which were originally investigated by retired NYPD Louis Scarcella that resulted in guilty verdicts.


“Our office will be confronted with claims related to issues like this over the next many years,” Stringer said at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, according to the

Daily News

. “I just want everyone here to know, and this is my solemn promise, we will look at every (wrongful conviction) case on the merits.”


Last week, nearly two months after three Brooklyn brothers became the first people exonerated as a result of the wide sweeping Scarcella review, their attorneys filed notices to sue the city for $150 million each.


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