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Wrongful conviction

Manhattan DA Cy Vance said that the conspiracy to cover up the truth of the civil rights leader's murder went all the way to J. Edgar Hoover.
In a hearing on Monday, the borough's top prosecutor successfully petitioned a judge to overturn convictions linked to the work of three officers.
The district attorney’s decision marks a sharp reversal for the office, which had for months sought to preserve the conviction.
State lawmakers are pushing the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act, to help vacate convictions based on new or suppressed evidence.
The decision follows the publication of previously secret NYPD disciplinary records obtained by Gothamist and WNYC.
A group is filing complaints against current and former Queens prosecutors who have been criticized by judges for misconduct.
The three men will walk free on Friday, after spending more than 24 years in prison for their supposed role in an ambush killing of an East Elmhurst shop owner and an off-duty cop.
DA Mimi Rocah hopes this week’s new hires will encourage members of the public to bring abuse and corruption allegations to her office.
A Brooklyn man who spent 26 years in prison on murder charges walked free on Thursday, just eighteen months ahead of his expected release.
The Governor's Office and prominent legal activists touted the reform as a protection against wrongful prosecution, but a leading public defender called it "a mess."
"I was walking around under a cloud. Today that's over."
The five spent more than 17 years in jail each as a result of wrongful convictions.
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