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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Proper Oversight of Judges and Attorneys Reduces False Convictions

NATIONAL FREEDOM MARCH FOR THE WRONGLY CONVICTED

NEW YORK— An estimated 10% of all prisoners in the U.S. have been wrongfully convicted. According to a recent report released by the Pew Center on the States, the U.S. correctional population -- those in jail, prison, on probation or on parole -- totaled 7.3 million, or 1 in every 31 adults. This means that up to 730,000 people in the correctional population may have been wrongfully convicted. In the last 3 decades 238 Americans have been exonerated with DNA evidence after spending an average of 12 years incarcerated. The severity of this problem has begun to be recognized in New York and other states. The New York Bar Association earlier this year released their Final Report of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Wrongful Convictions. Also in April, Jonathan Lippman, the chief judge of New York’s Court of Appeals, said he is creating a permanent task force to examine wrongful convictions and recommend ways to minimize them. In order to raise public awareness of a national problem that has become a national shame, a National Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted is being held simultaneously in many states on June 27th. The New York march will be held in New York City on June 27th starting on the Steps of City Hall from 10:00 to 11:00, to follow with a march to Foley Square Park where there will be speakers and informational materials from 11:00 to 2:00. Speakers at the March will include Jeffrey Deskovic, Richard Aborn, Colleen Eren and representatives from the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and the ACLU.

Jeffrey Deskovic served 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit and is now working to bring about reforms which will help reduce the number of wrongful convictions. Mr. Deskovic’s speech will provide insights into the devastation a wrongful conviction can cause to the innocent and their families as well as the need for systematic reform to help reduce these injustices. Another aspect will be the role that judges play in perpetuating wrongful convictions by putting procedure over innocence, rubber stamp denying appeals, and generally looking for any and every means possible to affirm convictions no matter what the facts are or the quality of the legal arguments which are based upon the fairness of trials.

Richard Aborn is a candidate for Manhattan district attorney. He was a member of the NYS Bar Association Task Force on Wrongful Convictions and a leader in helping pass a new state law calling for expanded use of DNA to fight crime and quickly exonerate the innocent. He has also long pressed for overturning the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws, and has been a firm and consistent opponent of the death penalty. Colleen Eren is Organizing Director with New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NYADP) and a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She became involved in the abolitionist movement at the age of 16, after starting a chapter of Amnesty international in her high school. She has served on Amnesty's National Steering Committee for the Program to Abolish the Death Penalty, and has been with NYADP five years. She has taught undergraduate Sociology courses at Hofstra University, Queens College and Hunter College. Please join us at this worthwhile event. More information on the National Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted at www.freedommarchusa.org

24 comments:

Wondering said...

Why is it federal and state prosecutors are ALWAYS given a free pass when it comes to ethics?!?!

disgusted said...

wow. I'm going to this march! Enough is enough.

Certain people have too much power- power that is unchecked! How did our beautiful country come to this- jailing innocent people is horrible.

Anonymous said...

Send this info to everyone on your email lists. PLEASE.

Anonymous said...

Jeffrey Deskovic got screwed by the corrupt Westchester DA's Office and some local keystone cops. Hope he sues them all and breaks them. Right on brother Deskovic!

Anonymous said...

WOW..Jeffrey Deskovic spent 16years in Jail for a murder he didn't commit, this story is really sad and criminal how his life was ruined by these corrupt Prosecutors and how they think they can just destroy anyone that they damn well please. There are Lawyers and Judges that are committing crime's everyday and their getting free passes because their "POLITICALLY CONNECTED" OR HAVE THE "POWER" and the "MONEY".

Where is the person who really committed the crime of murder? I hope he's now rotting in Jail for life. Was he the son or daughter of someone powerful so they had to pick a FALL GUY to pay the price so they picked Jeffrey Deskovic?

I hope the Prosecutor also pays and goes to JAIL for putting this innocent man Jeffrey Deskovic in Jail for 16 years.

Anonymous said...

While new Chief Judge Lippman supposedly has this task force on wrongful convictions Judges and Lawyers assigned by the Third Department are systematically still denying a father acess to his transcripts and records in a call called "extraordinary" by one Judge yet the majority of records never are produced systematically violating due process.

The rally sounds great but would also be great if there is some Justice for the Judges sometime soon too.

LU said...

I will pray for Jeffrey Deskovic for every year he spent in Jail and for everyday of the 16 years of HELL he had to spend in JAIL for a murder he did not commit. Unfortunately, we live in a very "CORRUPTED" Legal and Judicial System. This story is so horrific and so very SAD!!!!!!!!!!! He needs JUSTICE and HE NEEDS people to be held accountable for this INJUSTICE!!!!!

Sick to my stomach after reading this story said...

Wouldn't it be nice to see the Prosecutors, Lawyers and Judges that were involved in this "horrific injustice" of putting Jeffrey Deskovic away for 16 years get the same treatment as they gave him, but the only difference, I would give them a LIFE sentence, all of them and throw away the key!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It is ironic that OCA is involved in freeing the wrongfully convicted...since they themselves purposefully participate and involve themselves in wrongful convictions.

I AM one of their victims and I have their own (OCA) tampered with transcript used to achieve it, and have access to the person who denies those words were spoken... to prove it.

Who is OCA fooling...they would love to convict those that get in their way or don;t respect them as the hierachy they deem to be.

I saw judges convict during bench trials.... those that did not have the proper attitude or ethnicity! White women have it made in NY~

Unlawful and illegal convictions exist and it is not by mistake...it is a reflection of the upbringing and attitude of judges in place that should have never been granted a law license....MORELESS A JUDGESHIP.

Mental and personality disorders abound in the judiciary...just like society! The difference is....someone should be checking in these life, death and financial devastation situations, BECAUSE THE HARM BEING DONE HERE IN NY STATE...is embarrassing and intolerable!

Anonymous said...

I would love to attend, but since there has been an illegal warrant issued against me, it might not be the best move.
If you are going to challenge the system, they will stop at noting to destroy any and everyone they can. They are vicious psychopaths who don't give a flying f**k what laws or constitutions they break, because there are no consequences.
It's all just a big joke to them.
F**k them all.
Have a nice day if you go, but wear a mask.

Anonymous said...

To the above writer..A warrant for what crime? What are they saying you committed?

Anonymous said...

I have asked my court appointed attorney the same question, and the answer I get is pretty much just because the judge said so.
I'm supposed to be in contempt of an order to do something, which I did. They knew I had already done it. They have their own proof that I did it, but the blood suckers won't be satisfied until they extract their pound of flesh.
My crack court appointed attorney has told me more than once that what the judge was doing was wrong, but that he was not able to stop it.
The attorney had been given everything he said he needed, and given it more than once since he kept saying he didn't receive it, despite the proof that he did get it. He had been given witnesses and evidence, yet this crack attorney somehow wasn't able to present anything. He then lied to the court about what he had and what he knew.
He did nothing except show up to make sure the bus got a direct hit.
He had himself a great time in court laughing and joking with the other side over what they claimed was "evidence" which was old and irrelevant.
This crack court appointed attorney never attempted to get in touch with me to let me know that another court hearing was scheduled for the warrant to be issued. The day before the hearing, the calendar clerk would not let anyone know if a hearing was scheduled. Both the calendar clerk and the judge's clerk would only discuss the calendaring with me and they both said less than 20 hours before the hearing that there was no hearing scheduled. Yet somehow everyone but me showed up for the hearing.
If all that wasn't funny enough, when this crack court appointed attorney finally did bother to get in touch with me a week later trying to cover his butt, after not telling me about a hearing, and not telling me that an arrest warrant had been issued, he then lied to me about the proceeding and the contents and nature of the warrant, and then called the judge to tell him our entire conversation.
He still has not done a thing that he was assigned to do, unless what he was assigned to do was to participate in a sham proceeding and fraudulently extract money from the taxpayers for his participation in this crime.
That's why I say f**k them all, I hope they rot in hell.

Anonymous said...

OCA illegally bans anyone they choose from their public courthouses with no law to back them up...so they may exert intimidating judicial power... to abuse those they know.... will not and cannot ever fight them on this!

This situation will be dealt with very soon and the results will be published here.

OCA denies they ban people for no reason and forever from their courts, perjurously in federal depos..but again... their own paperwork proves that they do this and document it...and they know that this paperwork exists and that they have lied about their actions!

Don't swear about them...write about them with the real truth however you can get it...words are your best weapon!

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I am under a lot of stress and each day brings a new crisis which the judge has not only intentionally created but is actively working on to exacerbate.
Everyone close to me or who has been a friend is now being threatened and stalked. Innocent, law abiding people and being put in physical danger.
It is now at the point that these people are not safe at home or in public. This is all being done because they are psychopaths who have manupliated they way into positions of authority which they freely and willingly abuse. They are worse than any clique or bullly than anyone could ever imagine having to deal with because they have police and judicial power which they use to take away your rights instead of protecting them.
My friends who are both American born and immigrants to this country say the same thing, they are worse than any judicial system in any third world countries because in third world countries you have not expectations that there will be justice, here they play this game that they are being rational and just, and then just do whatever it is they want.
I know that there will be some sort of an end, and I know that what I have done is what I have been taught is the right thing and I have followed all their rules and the laws. This is what has caused me these problems.
It's not easy and it's not getting better and is getting worse. I just would have liked for them to have done what they have all taken oaths to and sworn to do.
I'll try to refrain from profanity which is not me, most of the time.
Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

as I learned the hard way, if there are false charges and not allowing you to know your rights is going on.......call your state attorney general, file a complaint on your attorney, then go over to your local FBI office, complaint on both and also file a complaint.......from there contact CJC,complaint on lawyer and judges, although there are claims of corruption,white-washing the complaints have been filed...
once their is legal and judicial corruption, best of luck to you

Anonymous said...

as someone who rights were violated for not having sex with a sheriff's friend and watching lewd behavior for month's and all the time not realizing I was already being stalked, and as for my paid attorneys when the false charges were filed by the sick tickets, they all got better jobs and favors done for them.......
guess what one of the sheriff's used in this fiasco started having sex with 15 years old he was supposed to be protecting at a high school, he is no longer a sheriff...... my attorneys and judges allowed all of the violations of my rights to protect themselves......
I was not allowed to file any complaints, I was threatened and the violation of my rights have continued throughout the district........
you never know who they are trying to protect, since this sheriff's wife worked at dispatch, brother in law is a prominent lawyer, father in law in a Judge.......
file your complaints in writing
be careful what you say they do white wash and call each other to protect themselves

Anonymous said...

as someone who rights were violated for not having sex with a sheriff's friend and watching lewd behavior for month's and all the time not realizing I was already being stalked, and as for my paid attorneys when the false charges were filed by the sick tickets, they all got better jobs and favors done for them.......
guess what one of the sheriff's used in this fiasco started having sex with 15 years old he was supposed to be protecting at a high school, he is no longer a sheriff...... my attorneys and judges allowed all of the violations of my rights to protect themselves......
I was not allowed to file any complaints, I was threatened and the violation of my rights have continued throughout the district........
you never know who they are trying to protect, since this sheriff's wife worked at dispatch, brother in law is a prominent lawyer, father in law in a Judge.......
file your complaints in writing
be careful what you say they do white wash and call each other to protect themselves

Anonymous said...

as someone who rights were violated for not having sex with a sheriff's friend and watching lewd behavior for month's and all the time not realizing I was already being stalked, and as for my paid attorneys when the false charges were filed by the sick tickets, they all got better jobs and favors done for them.......
guess what one of the sheriff's used in this fiasco started having sex with 15 years old he was supposed to be protecting at a high school, he is no longer a sheriff...... my attorneys and judges allowed all of the violations of my rights to protect themselves......
I was not allowed to file any complaints, I was threatened and the violation of my rights have continued throughout the district........
you never know who they are trying to protect, since this sheriff's wife worked at dispatch, brother in law is a prominent lawyer, father in law in a Judge.......
file your complaints in writing
be careful what you say they do white wash and call each other to protect themselves

Anonymous said...

Whatever devices you can utilize...cell phone cameras are great, thin tape recorders, private detectives and conversations with criminals...they know alot about the judiciary...are the best methods to use.
The agencies mentioned above will just take the story and relate it back to the accused...so stay away from them as much as possible. The CJC is laughable in it's own environment...they play sexually with each other... on a regular basis at work!
You have blogs and Utube to display your evidence and information..let it all hang out.
OCA is the biggest organized crime entity in America...that viciously instills fear in innocent citizens to control the message.... and they need to be exposed!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all of your advise.

Anonymous said...

file a complaint with your FBI, public corruption, then go to your congressman, for help with a federal agency......

be careful what you say, sometimes they protect each other and sometimes it is a matter of time before it comes back around...

once again it really is our attorneys and they should be fined for what they do and maybe the judges will then stop their abuse of power, knowing the attorney will turn them in if it cost them!

Anonymous said...

i understand the profanity, funny how when your rights are violated so vehemently your vocabulary changes

Anonymous said...

I have filed complaints with all the agencies for years.

You all know the story. Either is not founded, not their jurisdiction, etc., etc.

Whatever it is for them to just get rid of it.

I will say this. One thing that filing a compalint does, is let them know who you are and who and what you are complaining about, so that they can work their coverup magic.

Anonymous said...

they do cover up their criminal activity in violating your rights but as soon as you complain, records just seem to change, get sealed and sent away......
so the complaint may end some of the violations of your rights..
and good luck finding a lawyer who will handle another bad lawyer, judge or public official......

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