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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger
Logan, who spent 17 years in jail for a 1997 mυrder, was finally released from jail Tuesday after it was revealed that the key eyewitness was incarcerated at the time she claimed to have seen him before the mυrder, the New York Post reported.
Nearly a dozen men have now been freed due to an ongoing review by Brooklyn District Attorney Kevin Thompson. The vast majority of those were arrested by disgraced retired Det. Louis Scarcella. Scarcella’s cases are all under review because many used the same witnesses repeatedly.
“That testimony – whether by design or by mistake – was false,” said Assistant District Attorney Mark Hale.
Logan has always maintained his innocence. He said he is relieved that he is finally free.
“It’s been a long wait,” he said after being released. “I want to just taste the freedom.”
Outside of the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Logan was seen taking “selfies” with his niece and reuniting with other family members, according to news reports.
His lawyer, Harold Baker, said he was shocked by Scarcella’s apparent lack of integrity.
“That they went into so much trouble to frame this person shocks the conscience,” Baker said.
Another man, David Ranta, was placed behind bars after an eyewitness was coached to pick him out of a lineup. The Conviction Integrity Unit of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office determined that police had mishandled Ranta’s case. He was released after spending more than 20 years in jail.
Ranta was awarded a $6.4 million settlement last year.
After learning that Ranta had been exonerated, Logan reached out to prosecutors to have his own case evaluated, the Star reported.
The District Attorney’s office also reviewed and helped exonerate Antonio Yarbough and Sharif Wilson for a Coney Island triple mυrder.
Both were teenagers at the time of their arrest and had no criminal record. Both were freed in February after serving 22 years in prison. Scarcella was not the arresting officer in this case, but it shows a similar pattern of faulty police tactics used in Brooklyn.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform.