Conviction Integrity Unit Reviews Possible Wrongful Convictions
The high-profile exoneration of David Ranta of Brooklyn, last week, has brought new recognition to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit, which helped secure his release after 23 years.
A recent column in the
New York Daily News
examines the unit, which was created by Brooklyn DA Charles Joe Hynes and is run by prosecutor John O’Mara, and revisits its beginnings.
“I reached out to the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society, and to the Brooklyn Defenders Services program and asked them to present us with truly worthwhile cases of possible wrongful convictions,” Hynes says. “This is about justice, not wins and losses.”
O’Mara was overwhelmed by the response, and he uncovered many cases worthy of reinvestigation, including rape and murder cases from the Innocence Project that involve testing or retesting DNA. Inundated with cases, he brought on a former NYPD cold-case detective, Brooklyn DA Investigator Pat Lanagan. And last year, the team added deputy Taylor Koss who works the field with Lanagan.
Though few, Conviction Integrity Units are springing up across the nation. Among the most celebrated and accomplished is the Dallas County District Attorney’s unit, created in 2007, which has helped uncover injustice in a number of cases.
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October 2, 2016 at 10:39 pm
My name is Mitchell Palmer..wrongly convicted in 1989 for manslaughter,assault and weapon..i been trying to get my case back in the court but don’t know how…im homeless living in a shelter….i need help..i did 25 years for a crime i didn’t do….thank you…
Antoine palmer,(Mitchell Palmer,89t1222)
Molly Davis August 9, 2017 at 2:03 am
To who it my concern,
I’m looking for some help or advice an route to go. My boyfriend was charged with murder 26 year ago an to this day is still in prison for a murder he didn’t do. He has all the proof an evidence that he didn’t do it even a statement from the man the actually did the murder. We’re looking for justice an for him to be set free. Could you please please help us.