These cases, which involved the tactics of Louis Scarcella, a retired homicide detective accused of using unfair investigation tactics, are part of a new strategy to settle wrongful convictions prior to court cases, the New York Times reports:
The men, Robert Hill, Alvena Jennette and Darryl Austin, who are half brothers, spent a combined total of 60 years in prison — one died there — before their convictions, made in the 1980s, were vacated by a judge in May. The office of Kenneth P. Thompson, the Brooklyn district attorney, is examining 130 convictions, including 70 cases in which Mr. Scarcella played a key role. Most of the cases under review date to the crime-plagued 1980s and 1990s.
Stringer confirmed that the city could face monetary damages in excess of the settlement if the cases went to court.
“The 1980s were a difficult time in our city’s history,” Mr. Stringer told the Times, “and in a certain way, we are sort of unearthing the tangled history of that time period in our court system today.”
“Clearly, our heart goes out to those who have been wrongfully incarcerated,” he continued. “We are also very concerned about the impact these cases will have on the fiscal health of the city.”
The city also recently reached a $6.4 million dollar settlement with David Ranta, who was imprisoned for 23 years after being wrongfully convicted of mυrder.
Stringer says he’s also planning on settling a $75 million dollar lawsuit filed by Eric Garner’s family.