Prosecutors working for outgoing Brooklyn D.A. Charles J. Hynes appear to be trying to whitewash dozens of wrongful convictions earned based on the work of a now-retired NYPD homicide detective Louis Scarcella – who allegedly lied, coerced false testimony and coached witnesses to lie, all in order to send innocent men to prison. And part of that whitewash is an apparent lie told about a hasidic witness to the murder of a fellow hasid almost a quarter century ago.
Outgoing Brooklyn D.A. Charles J. Hynes
Brooklyn DA’s Office Contradicts Itself, Lies About Witness Statement, In Apparent Attempt to Whitewash String Of Wrongful Convictions
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A new court filing by prosecutors working for outgoing Brooklyn D.A. Charles J. Hynes shows how Hynes’ office is handling its months long review of the work of now-retired NYPD Homicide Detective Louis Scarcella – a man now widely blamed for dozens of wrongful convictions, the New York Times reported.
“None of Detective Scarcella’s alleged misconduct has been ‘proven,’ and the district attorney’s office has discovered no evidence that corroborates the allegations made by a number of defendants that Detective Scarcella had engaged in misconduct,” A.D.A. Morgan J. Dennehy, the head of the public records unit for the D.A.’s appeals bureau, reportedly wrote in a court filing Monday.
That filing asked the court to quash a subpoena ordering the D.A. to produce any documents that could show that Scarcella falsified evidence or lied under oath in any of his many cases. It also claimed defense attorneys in this particular Scarcella-investigated case were engaged in “fishing expedition” that could compromise a continuing criminal investigation – a frequent excuse used by the Brooklyn D.A. to stifle investigations into his office’s alleged misconduct.
This new court filing by the D.A. comes only days after the New York State Parole Board paroled a convicted murderer whose case was handled by Scarcella. Unlike the overwhelming number of paroles issued, in this case he board is believed to have freed the inmate not because he had reformed – but because evidence shows he may not have been guilty to begin with.
Elsewhere in the D.A.’s new motion to quash the subpoena that wold force them to show defense attorneys the evidence they have against Detective Scarcella, Dennehy reportedly writes that the teenage witness in the murder of a Satmar hasid who in a police lineup selected the man “with the big nose” after being coached by police to do so never blamed Scarcella and was certain the detective who coached him was not Scarcella.
But that is false.
In an interview with the Frances Robles of New York Times, Lieberman – who is now now 37 and living in Montreal – “was startled to learn the position prosecutors are now taking,” Robles reported.
“I will never sign an affidavit to that extent, saying it was not him. I don’t know who it was. I was 13 years old and more than 20 years have passed,” Lieberman said.
It was Lieberman who recently came forward to say he had been coached by a detective to pick the man in the lineup “with the big nose.”
That set off a chain of events that eventually freed David Ranta, who had served 23 years for the murder – a murder he did not commit.
In a significant percentage of cases Detective Scarcella, who is now retired, cleared, the same crack addict recruited by Scarcella testified for the prosecution.
Multiple witnesses in those and in similar cases allege Scarcella coerced them to lie and several men sent to prison after admitting their guilt allege that Scarcella beat false confessions out of them, often having them sign statements that contained nearly identical language to other such confessions by accused criminals in other cases Scarcella handled.
Hynes – who lost a reelection bid in a crushing landslide earlier this week – has been accused of running a sloppy and often unethical office that wrongly convicted innocent men while allowing a startlingly high number of actual criminals – especially haredi child sex abusers and spousal abusers – to walk free.