News 07.31.14

Wrongful Conviction Civil Suits Mounting in New York

Another New York man settled a wrongful conviction suit with the city adding to the tab of settlements accrued under former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

 

The

New York Post

reported that Ronald Bozeman will receive $150,000 after spending a year behind bars for a robbery he did not commit. Bozeman was charged with a $9,000 armed heist outside a Brooklyn bank in 2011 based largely on the eyewitness testimony of the victims who later told a second grand jury that another man was the culprit. Hynes’ office ignored the victims’ reversal and let Bozeman sit in jail until the case was tossed.

 

“What is truly disgraceful is that even as Ronald sat in jail month after month, the former Brooklyn DA’s Office exhibited complete indifference to the plainly-obvious fact that Ronald was innocent,” said Bozeman’s attorney in the criminal case, Mark Bederow, according to the

Post

.

 

According to Bozeman’s suit, Hynes staffers coached the witnesses in order to frame him. Bozeman now joins the list of wrongful conviction civil suits that have named Hynes in recent years, including Jabbar Collins and Jonathan Fleming who spent 15 and 24 years in prison, respectively, for murders they did not commit. Both men have civil suits pending against the city. David Ranta, who was convicted of killing a beloved Brooklyn rabbi, spent 22 years behind bars before he was proven innocent with help from with help from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit and settled with the city for $6.4 million earlier this year.

 


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