Second Circuit Upholds Award against Nassau County for Police Misconduct that Framed Two Innocent Men

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in news | Comments Off on Second Circuit Upholds Award against Nassau County for Police Misconduct that Framed Two Innocent Men

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals today affirmed a 2014 jury verdict award to John Restivo and Dennis Halstead. Mr. Restivo and Mr. Halstead were wrongly convicted in 1986 and spent nearly 18 years in prison for a rape and murder DNA later proved they did not commit. The decision upholds the jury’s finding that Nassau County Detective Joseph Volpe (now deceased) planted evidence against Mr. Restivo and Mr. Halstead and hid evidence of their innocence, causing their wrongful convictions. In a 112 page opinion, the Second Circuit rejected...

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Federal Judge sets award for NSB client Freddie Peacock, who was wrongfully imprisoned because of misconduct by Rochester Police Officers.

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in news | Comments Off on Federal Judge sets award for NSB client Freddie Peacock, who was wrongfully imprisoned because of misconduct by Rochester Police Officers.

On August 5, 2016, NSB and cocounsel Easton Thompson Kasperek Shiffrin, LLP procured a 6.2 million dollar award for Freddie Peacock, who served nearly 6 years in prison and an additional 10 years on parole for a crime he did not commit. Decades after his release from prison, Mr. Peacock was finally cleared by DNA evidence. In May 2016, Judge Michael Telesca of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York rejected defendants’ motion for summary judgment and allowed Mr. Peacock’s core claims to proceed to trial. NSB...

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Settlement won for the families of Larry Ruffin, Bobby Ray Dixon and Phillip Bivens, who spent decades wrongfully imprisoned on account of egregious, racially-motivated misconduct by Mississippi law enforcement

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in news | Comments Off on Settlement won for the families of Larry Ruffin, Bobby Ray Dixon and Phillip Bivens, who spent decades wrongfully imprisoned on account of egregious, racially-motivated misconduct by Mississippi law enforcement

On August 1, 2016, NSB and cocounsel Lathrop & Gage procured a monumental 16.5 million dollar settlement, with an additional 4 million dollars pending the resolution of appeal, for the families of Larry Ruffin, Bobby Ray Dixon, and Phillip Bivens. Mr. Ruffin, Mr. Dixon and Mr. Bivens collectively served 83 years in prison for crimes they did not commit until cleared by DNA evidence. In 1979, the lone witness to a rape and murder informed law enforcement that there was only one perpetrator responsible. Although the witness’s...

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Federal Judge Allows Debra Milke to Proceed with Civil Rights Claims against the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Phoenix Police Department Supervisor

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in news | Comments Off on Federal Judge Allows Debra Milke to Proceed with Civil Rights Claims against the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Phoenix Police Department Supervisor

On July 6, U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver ruled that NSB client Debra Milke had properly alleged three separate theories of widespread systemic misconduct in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, dating long before and long after Ms. Milke’s 1990 wrongful conviction. Overall, Judge Silver has ruled that Ms. Milke has stated viable claims for violations of her constitutional rights by Phoenix Police Department Detective Armando Saldate and his immediate supervisor, as well as against the Phoenix Police Department and the Maricopa County...

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Federal District Court judge greenlights NSB client David Ganek’s lawsuit against US Attorney and FBI

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in news | Comments Off on Federal District Court judge greenlights NSB client David Ganek’s lawsuit against US Attorney and FBI

On March 10, Judge William H. Pauley III issued a decision allowing NSB client David Ganek to proceed with his lawsuit against the FBI and federal prosecutors for the 2010 raid that shut down his hedge fund, Level Global. In his suit, Ganek asserts that the government fabricated evidence in order to persuade a judge to provide the warrant allowing the search and seizure of his office and property. NSB partners Nick Brustin, Anna Benvenutti Hoffmann and Barry Scheck, of counsel Nancy Gertner, and associate Farhang Heydari are working on the...

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NSB wins unprecedented settlement for jail suicide against Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in news, Results | Comments Off on NSB wins unprecedented settlement for jail suicide against Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman

On March 10, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin clients Margaret Goetzee Nagle and John Eric Goetzee won a $1.75 million settlement from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman for failing to prevent the 2011 suicide of their brother, United States Coast Guard Commander William Goetzee.  Mr. Goetzee was at the jail awaiting a court date on charges related to a suicide attempt after suffering a stress-induced breakdown.  Through the litigation, NSB and co-counsel Mary E. Howell, Esq., in New Orleans, proved that the Sheriff condoned an unconstitutional...

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D.C. judge awards compensation to NSB client Santae Tribble, for 25 years of his wrongful imprisonment

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in news | Comments Off on D.C. judge awards compensation to NSB client Santae Tribble, for 25 years of his wrongful imprisonment

On Friday, February 26, D.C. Superior Court Judge John M. Mott issued his post-trial decision awarding Mr. Tribble $13.2 million to compensate him for 25 years of wrongful imprisonment, a “journey of injustice” which “subjected Mr. Tribble to all the horror, degradation, and threats to personal security and privacy inherent in prison life, each heightened by his youth, actual innocence, and life sentence.” In 1980, at age 17, Santae Tribble was convicted of murdering a taxicab driver in a trial which relied largely on...

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Los Angeles approves the largest individual civil rights settlement ever in city history to NSB Client Kash Delano Register

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in news | Comments Off on Los Angeles approves the largest individual civil rights settlement ever in city history to NSB Client Kash Delano Register

The City of Los Angeles approved a $16.7 million settlement to compensate NSB client Kash Delano Register for the over 34 years he spent wrongly imprisoned for the 1979 robbery and murder of 79-year-old Jack Sasson. This is believed to be the largest individual civil rights settlement ever in Los Angeles. Mr. Register was 18 years old when he was arrested and 53 when he was released. His 34 ½ years behind bars is one of the longest sentences served by a wrongfully convicted defendant. Mr. Register, who is African American, was initially...

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NSB lawyers awarded highest rates ever in New York to civil rights lawyers

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in news | Comments Off on NSB lawyers awarded highest rates ever in New York to civil rights lawyers

On November 30, in recognition of the NSB’s expertise in wrongful conviction law, Judge Joanna Seybert awarded the firm a total of nearly $5 million in fees and costs for its 8 years of work on civil rights claims made by John Restivo and Dennis Halstead. Mr. Restivo and Mr. Halstead each spent 18 years in prison, after being wrongfully convicted for a 1984 Nassau County rape and murder, before they were exonerated by DNA. In 2014, NSB partners Nick Brustin and Anna Benvenutti Hoffmann won a $36 million verdict for Mr. Restivo and Mr....

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After Jury Finds D.C. Officers Lied, District of Columbia Settles with NSB Client Donald Gates

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in news, Results | Comments Off on After Jury Finds D.C. Officers Lied, District of Columbia Settles with NSB Client Donald Gates

A day after a federal jury found that District of Columbia police officers had fabricated evidence and hid exculpatory evidence during Donald Gates’s trial for a 1981 rape and murder, the government settled Mr. Gates’s claims for $16.65 million. Neufeld Scheck & Brustin will formally request an audit of old homicide cases investigated by the defendants, as well as an investigation into perjury by the officers during the past month’s trial. Read coverage of the settlement here. Read the press release...

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