The New York Times reported yesterday (here) that Roger Logan, 53, has been exonerated and released from prison as a result of the ongoing probe of 90 murder cases by a conviction review unit under the direction of Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson. Logan—the seventh man to be released since Thompson took office on January 1, 2014—had steadfastly maintained his innocence during the 17 years he served in prison following his conviction and sentence of 25 years to life.
Logan had been convicted of the 1997 shooting of Sherwin Gibbons, who was killed in the vestibule of a Bedford-Stuyvesant building.
The Conviction Integrity Unit is looking at all 57 murder convictions involving former detective, Louis Scarcella, whose unorthodox tactics and unraveling convictions have prompted serious scrutiny, as well as other convictions stemming especially from the 1980s and 1990s, a time of rampant crime and violence. Continue reading
From the Associated Press:
NEW YORK — Brooklyn’s district attorney says he plans to spend more than $1 million to review questionable convictions over the next budget year.
District Attorney Kenneth Thompson told a City Council budget hearing Tuesday that his office is dealing with an “epic” number of questionable convictions.
He said his Conviction Review Unit has overturned the convictions of six men.
According to the Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/1tjaOqI ), he said “With every case that’s publicized, additional cases are sent to my office for review.”
Thompson says 10 of his office’s 153 prosecutors have been assigned to the unit, in addition to three investigators and other staff.
He came into office this year promising to make addressing allegations of wrongful convictions a priority.