Brooklyn Man Released After Twenty Years in Prison – NYPD Evidence Withheld
After serving 20 years in prison on a wrongful conviction, Jabbar Washington is finally free after the discovery of police and prosecutorial misconduct. Mr. Washington was falsely arrested in 1995 for armed robbery in Brownsville and was picked out of a lineup by one of the people wounded in the robbery. But the witness later told prosecutors that she just recognized him as someone from the building. However, this evidence was never presented in the grand jury or at trial and the head of the DA’s Conviction Review Unit, Mark Hale, stated that it was intentionally withheld by the prosecution, which constitutes gross misconduct.
Mr. Washington is one of twenty-three people who have had their conviction vacated by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit since 2014. Eight of these convictions had a common denominator: NYPD detective Louis Scarcella. Scarcella, who retired in 2002, denies any wrongdoing, yet about half a dozen of his cases have had convictions reversed as a result of unlawful police misconduct.
If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of police or prosecutorial misconduct, or have suffered a wrongful conviction, contact the attorneys at PetersonDelleCave LLP for a free consultation.