May 24, 2024

Governor commutes sentence of firm client


Today Governor Hochul is commuting the sentence of our firm’s pro bono client Jermaine Swaby. Jermaine has served 22 1/2 years in prison for his 2002 Kings County murder conviction. He will now be eligible for release to parole supervision this November, two years earlier than he would have been eligible under his original sentence of 25 […]

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March 28, 2024

Law firm files amicus brief in rare en banc review by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals


Law firm principal Joel B. Rudin is vice chair of the amicus committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”).  Today, Mr. Rudin filed an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief, on behalf of the NACDL and numerous other defense lawyer organizations, to be considered by the full, or en banc, U.S. […]

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March 07, 2024

Court orders hearing in unusual murder case handled by our law firm


A State Supreme Court Justice today ordered a hearing into allegations that our firm made in a post-judgment or “440” motion to vacate our client’s murder conviction because of an inappropriate, secret meeting between another judge’s law clerk and “local” counsel for our client, Gregory Thayer, in Ulster County, New York.  During the meeting, our […]

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October 16, 2023

Law360 covers our motion alleging judicial misconduct in murder case


Law360 reports on our firm’s motion seeking a new trial for our client Gregory Thayer. Mr. Thayer was convicted of manslaughter earlier this year at a bench trial in Ulster County, New York. After the conviction, his principal defense attorney, Robert Gottlieb, discovered that an improper, secret communication had occurred between the judge’s law clerk and Mr. Thayer’s […]

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July 10, 2023

Joel Rudin extensively quoted in New York Times article on wrongful convictions


Firm principal Joel Rudin is quoted in a lengthy New York Times article reporting on how New York has become “a national hotbed of exoneration” of wrongfully convicted men. Commenting on the remarkable City Council primary victory by Yusef Salaam, one of the members of the wrongfully convicted Central Park Five, Mr. Rudin notes that […]

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June 16, 2023

Wrongfully convicted firm client’s murder indictment dismissed


Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dena Douglas has dismissed a decades-old murder charge against our client Donnell Perkins. As we noted in a previous post, in January, Justice Douglas overturned Donnell’s 22-year-old murder conviction after the firm’s seven-year battle for justice for Donnell culminated in a 440 hearing at which we established that the single eyewitness […]

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June 08, 2023

Materials from Fraser v. City of New York available on firm website


We are making available on our website the litigation materials from Fraser v. City of New York et al., No. 20-cv-04926 (S.D.N.Y.)—including previously confidential NYPD training materials, the trial transcript, and other exhibits and depositions. As discussed in previous postings here, and in coverage by Law360 (gated) and ProPublica, in Fraser, our firm won a $1,925,000 jury verdict against the City of New […]

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June 08, 2023

Former firm client and employee Jabbar Collins named to police oversight board


The New York Daily News reports that Mayor Eric Adams has appointed Jabbar Collins, a former client and employee of our law firm, to sit on the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption, which oversees the NYPD.  A noted “jailhouse lawyer,” Jabbar was in prison for murder when he uncovered evidence that proved that prosecutors had illegally coerced […]

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April 27, 2023

ProPublica reports on firm’s trial victory and how it exemplifies the City’s costly approach to litigating civil rights cases


Using firm client Jawaun Fraser’s recent trial victory as a case study, ProPublica published an article today exposing how the New York City Law Department’s aggressive approach to litigating civil rights cases prevents police reform, costs New York taxpayers millions of dollars, and delays justice for victims of police misconduct. Mr. Fraser recovered $1.5 million in […]

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April 24, 2023

Law360 covers firm’s trial win in Fraser v. City, et al. and verdict’s wider consequences


Law360 reported in depth on the firm’s win at trial against the City of New York and three NYPD detectives who caused the wrongful conviction of firm client Jawaun Fraser.  The article describes the violations of Mr. Fraser’s constitutional rights found by the jury, including evidence fabrication, Brady violations, and the City’s unlawful disclosure policy […]

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