On Thursday, New York state agreed to pay Jabbar Collins $3 million for his 16-year wrongful imprisonment. It was the latest in a string of high-profile, high-priced settlements this year stemming from wrongful convictions in New York city during the crack era. In January, the city agreed to pay Dav ... More >>
Wrongful convictions have been at the center of public discourse lately. Every few weeks, there's a headline about a new exoneration, some poor guy locked up for 20 years for a crime it turned out he did not commit. In 2013, 87 people were exonerated across America, the most in any year on record. ... More >>
Over the past year, former NYPD homicide detective Louis Scarcella has become the poster boy for the sketchy police work that led to numerous wrongful convictions in the '80s and '90s. His alleged shady methods are tied to at least four recent exonerations, and the Brooklyn District Attorney's offic ... More >>
This week's feature story, Bad Rabbi: Tales of Extortion and Torture Depict a Divorce Broker's Brutal Grip on the Orthodox Community, explored the three decades' worth of allegations against Mendel Epstein, a rabbi who has been charged with kidnapping and beating husbands who refuse to grant their w ... More >>
Call it the battle of questionable campaign aides. The campaign of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and that of Ken Thompson, the man who beat him in the democratic primary, are trading attacks around claims that each campaign used politically connected operatives with criminal records in th ... More >>
On the final day of a bruising democratic primary campaign, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and his opponent, former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson, criss-crossed the borough in the usual last push for votes. Hynes voted in an apartment building on Shore Road, and then visited two schools ... More >>
Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes is defending himself against charges that his office railroaded three men exonerated of violent crimes and released from custody over the past year. In an interview with the New York Times, Hynes [pictured with aide Michael Vecchione] insists that his office got it right ... More >>
Why the 23-year reign of Charles Hynes must end
A new book by a former FBI agent cleared of involvement in mafia murder conspiracies slams Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes for being "always more interested in publicity than doing his job," the Daily News reports today. Lindley DeVecchio also takes on one of Hynes' top prosecutors Michael ... More >>
Because untreated grease gives us all something to smile about!Here's yet another reason we find ourselves weary of the continuing existence of T.G.I. Friday's.
D.A. Hynes and Rackets chief VecchioneJabbar Collins, the jailhouse lawyer who has been battling for more than a decade to prove his innocence in the 1994 murder of a Brooklyn rabbi, was told this morning that he's going home. The move came after officials of Brooklyn D.A. Joe Hynes's office ... More >>
Rewind: The story behind my story of the FBI murder case
Lindley DeVecchio Can a one-time campus radical who was surveilled by the FBI be a fair judge for an ex-FBI agent on trial for murder? Former FBI supervisory agent Roy Lindley DeVecchio — facing four murder counts for allegedly helping his Mafia informant — is betting his life on it. DeV ... More >>
In the dark corridors of Brooklyn politics, a State Supreme Court judgeship sells for $50,000 stuffed in an envelope, and $6,000 in postage stamps
A beleageured-looking Clarence Norman Jr., once Brooklyn's most powerful Democratic leader, was sentenced today to a term of 2 to 6 years for two separate convictions stemming from campaign abuses. The sentence means the former political boss must serve at least 2 years in prison before he can be c ... More >>
Orthodox Jews, Angered Over Recent Cases, Up in Arms Against Brooklyn D.A.