Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck Awarded Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Double Helix Medal

The firm congratulates founding partners Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck on their receipt of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Double Helix Medal. Past Recipients of the Medal—awarded annually for significant contributions to human health and biomedical research—include Muhammed Ali, Michael J. Fox, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Evelyn Lauder, and John Nash.

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NSB Client Floyd Brown Wins Wrongful Imprisonment Settlement

The state of North Carolina has agreed to pay $7.85 million to settle the state lawsuit filed by NSB client Floyd Brown.  Mr. Brown, a man with serious mental disabilities, was locked up for 14 years in a psychiatric hospital based on a false confession fabricated by a State Bureau of Investigation agent. Click here…

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Benchmark Plaintiff ranks NSB among the top four civil rights firms nationwide

Neufeld Scheck & Brustin has been ranked nationally for civil rights litigation in the second annual edition of Benchmark Plaintiff.  The firm was also recommended for litigation in New York.  Benchmark Plaintiff has also recognized NSB partners Peter Neufeld, Barry Scheck and Nick Brustin as “litigation stars.” Benchmark’s rankings are based on interviews in which legal professionals, in-house…

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FBI and DOJ announce review of FBI forensic work, prompted in part by NSB clients Don Gates, Kirk Odom, and Santae Tribble

On July 18, 2013, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice announced they are conducting an unprecedented review of old criminal cases, including as many as 27 death penalty convictions, to determine whether FBI forensic experts used inaccurate or exaggerated testimony to link defendants to crimes.  The review was prompted by the exoneration of…

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Former United States District Court Judge Nancy Gertner announces affiliation with Neufeld Scheck & Brustin

Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP, is pleased to announce that the Honorable Nancy Gertner (Ret.) has become affiliated with the firm. One of the country’s most respected voices on civil rights, civil liberties, employment, criminal justice and procedural issues, Judge Gertner served on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1994-2011, and is…

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Founding Partner Barry Scheck Named One of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America

The National Law Journal has named Barry Scheck one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America.  The list of “100 lawyers who shape the legal world through their work in the courtroom, at the negotiating table, in the classroom or in government” was selected by NLJ’s editors in an effort to identify “members of law’s…

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NSB client Jeffrey Deskovic receives Masters Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Man served 16 years until DNA exonerated him in the death of a classmate when he was a teen. Click here to view the article.

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Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld win New York State Bar Association’s Highest Honor: Gold Medal Award

Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, two of the nation’s most prominent civil rights attorneys and the co-founders of the Innocence Project, have received the New York State Bar Association’s Gold Medal, the organization’s highest honor. Click here to view the article.

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NSB client Edwin Chandler wins settlement for intentional misconduct by the Louisville Police Department

A Kentucky man who spent about nine years in prison before being cleared in a deadly shooting and robbery will get $8.5 million in a settlement from the city of Louisville. Click here to view the article.

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Founding partners Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck awarded the National Trial Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck have been awarded the National Trial Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Trial Lawyers Summit. Congratulations to both of them.

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NSB and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady Win Landmark Wrongful Death Verdict for Native American Man Fatally Shot by Parks Police

A jury on Wednesday awarded $150,000 in punitive damages to the family of a Ramapough Indian who was fatally shot by a state park ranger five years ago in Mahwah. With a 7-0 vote, the panel found that former Park Police Officer Chad Walder’s actions were “malicious or wanton” when he drew his gun and…

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Seemona Sumasar Spent 7 Months in Jail, Framed by Ex; Authorities Ignored Evidence of her Innocence

See the video of Seemona Sumasar with Nick Brustin appearing on the Today Show here. Read more about Seemona Sumasar’s case: A Revenge Plot So Intricate, the Prosecutors Were Pawns Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, July 25, 2011 Soon after Seemona Sumasar started dating Jerry Ramrattan, she had an inkling that something might be wrong. He…

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Deskovic Settles, Urges Audit of Westchester Medical Examiner

Fernanda Santos, “$6.5 Million Settlement in Wrongful Conviction,” New York Times, April 13, 2011 Jeffrey Deskovic spent half of his life in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit, but it was only this week, four and a half years after his release, that he received some measure of justice: a $6.5 million…

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NSB Secures Unanimous Ruling from NY’s Highest Court: Warney Wins, Breaks New Ground for Exonerees in False Confession Cases

Gary Craig, “Douglas Warney’s bid for restitution is restored,” Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, March 31, 2011. Rochester police likely coerced a false confession from Douglas Warney, a city man who spent more than nine years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, New York’s highest court ruled today. The New York Court of Appeals ruled…

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NSB Partner Nick Brustin Selected as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School

NSB partner Nick Brustin has been selected as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School for the 2011-12 academic year. The Wasserstein Committee selected Mr. Brustin for his outstanding public service accomplishments and ongoing work at the firm.

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NSB Negotiates State Settlement for Steven Barnes

Rocco LaDuca, Utica Observer-Dispatch, Jan. 7, 2011 Not much has changed yet for Steven Barnes after recently receiving a check for $3.5 million from the state as payback for all those years he was wrongfully blamed for killing 16-year-old Kimberly Simon in 1985. The humble Marcy man still goes to work everyday helping youths through Oneida…

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Nassau DA taps noted Barry Scheck for Friedman Panel

Alfonso A. Castillo, Newsday, November 8, 2010 Nassau County Monday unveiled the team tasked with reviewing the case of Jesse Friedman, the convicted child molester who has maintained his innocence since shortly after pleading guilty 22 years ago. And among those on the list is one well-known advocate for the wrongly accused. Barry Scheck, founder of…

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NSB Secures Largest Individual Settlement in NYC History

John Marzulli and Larry McShane, Daily News, June 3, 2010 The man framed for murder by “Mafia Cop” Louis Eppolito won a record $9.9 million settlement from the city on Thursday – and promptly wished his jailed tormentor continued good health. “I hope he has a long life in prison and suffers,” Barry Gibbs said after…

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NSB Finds Evidence, Prevails for Betty Anne Waters in Brother’s Wrongful Conviction

Martha Neil, ABA Journal, September 18, 2009 A high-school dropout with two children who went on to get her general educational development certificate, graduate from college and earn a juris doctor degree so that she could represent her brother in a wrongful conviction case has now won $10.7 million in damages from a federal judge in…

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