Nonprofit making accusations against Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

A national nonprofit looking to overturn wrongful convictions is making serious accusations about the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. Torin Keely and her group Blind Justice

Blind Justice is calling for accountability within the Brooklyn District Attorney?s Office regarding wrongful convictions.

Blind Justice is calling for accountability within the Brooklyn District Attorney?s Office regarding wrongful convictions. (5/9/13)

BROOKLYN - A national nonprofit looking to overturn wrongful convictions is making serious accusations about the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office.

Torin Keely and her group Blind Justice are going on a media blitz by releasing three national ads that call for accountability within the office. One ad profiles a recently overturned conviction and says there was clear misconduct by prosecutor Mike Vecchione.

"The NYPD detective who identified the misconduct to the DA's office in the habeus corpus proceeding said that he knew Vecchione and that Vecchione was not involved,” the DA’s office said in a statement. “Therefore, one wonders if Blind Justice is just plain blind or worships fiction."

A study completed by the University of Michigan and Northwestern Law School showed that Brooklyn leads the boroughs when it comes to overturned convictions.

The DA's office says its accountability office is one of the few in the country, and it helped overturn the wrongful conviction of David Ranta, who was imprisoned for more than 20 years for a murder he did not commit.
 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12 Brooklyn asked residents what they think 1 Word on the Street: Amazon Go
The 25-year-old had just recently started work at 2 Police look to question ex-boyfriend in death of correction officer
Construction crews are making repairs to a sinkhole 3 Crews repair sinkhole that disabled school bus in Brooklyn
Police have released a surveillance video they say 4 Video shows suspect vehicle used in drive by shooting in Brooklyn
5 Brooklyn Sportscast, Dec. 6

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Furry Friends is a weekly segment on News Furry Friends

Furry Friends is a weekly segment on News 12 Brooklyn nightside.