Tuesday, August 10, 2021

After Key Evidence Was Withheld, 2 Men Spent 3 Decades in Prison


“That period is marked, and many of these wrongful convictions are marked, by a willingness to take serious cases to trial on what should have been viewed as dubious evidence just to see if you could get a conviction,” said James Henning, a lawyer for Mr. Roman, referring to the late 1980s and early ’90s. “Under the law a prosecutor’s duty is to see that justice is done, and not merely to get a conviction.”

The reversal of the two convictions follows several other recent exonerations, including the release of five other Black men since last June in Queens murder cases dating to the 1990s. Their stories add to concerns about police conduct over decades during which officers operated with relatively little scrutiny: Months ago, prosecutors in several New York City boroughs threw out more than 100 convictions linked to a police detective accused of lying.

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