NSB Brings Class Action Suit Against Rochester PD for Excessive Use of Force Disproportionately Against People of Color

On April 5th, 2021, NSB attorney Katie McCarthy joined members of Free the People Roc, the National Lawyers Guild Rochester, and ten individual plaintiffs on the steps of city hall in Rochester NY after filing a “landmark civil rights lawsuit” to address a decade-long pattern of racist violence by the Rochester Police Department.  The 96-page…

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City of Philadelphia to settle wrongful conviction case for NSB client Chester Hollman

NSB has won a $9.8 million pre-filing settlement against the City of Philadelphia for client Chester Hollman. Mr. Hollman spent 28 years wrongfully imprisoned for a 1991 murder he did not commit before he was exonerated in 2019. Mr. Hollman’s wrongful conviction was the result of police misconduct: Philadelphia homicide detectives not only coerced two…

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NSB Client Valentino Dixon Honored by the Obamas

Valentino Dixon received accolades this past holiday season for his incredible artwork.  Former First Lady Michelle Obama purchased one of Valentino’s works, “Augusta The Beautiful”, as a gift for former President Barack Obama, who was so moved by the piece and the story behind the artist that he posted about it on his Instagram account….

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City of Los Angeles to pay $12 million to settle wrongful conviction case brought by NSB client Susan Mellen

NSB has secured a $12 million settlement for single mother Susan Mellen and her children after they were separated for more than 17 years because of her wrongful conviction and incarceration for a brutal murder she did not commit. The settlement comes after the Ninth Circuit ruled that LAPD officer Marcella Winn should have turned…

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Drawings of NSB client Valentino Dixon on display at New York City art gallery

NSB client Valentino Dixon’s drawings were on display on March 13 at the Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York City. Check out Golf Digest’s coverage of the show here.

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NSB client Mark Denny to run NYC Half Marathon

NSB client Mark Denny will run the NYC Half Marathon on Sunday, March 17. Check out the full coverage of Mr. Denny’s accomplishment from Pix 11 News here.

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NSB secures unprecedented $21 million settlement on behalf of client Craig Coley

In February 2019, NSB secured an unprecedented $21 million out-of-court settlement with the City of Simi Valley, California on behalf of client Craig Coley. Mr. Coley was wrongly convicted of the brutal 1978 murders of a woman and her 4-year-old son and served 39 years in prison before he was pardoned by California Governor Jerry Brown, after…

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NSB wins settlement for family of teenage jail death victim Victoria Herr

In August 2018, NSB won a $4.75 million settlement for the estate of 18-year-old Victoria Herr, who died from complications of heroin withdrawal after five days in the Lebanon County, Pennsylvania jail. Consistent with a devastating pattern around the country, the jail’s correctional and medical staff ignored her deteriorating condition and failed to take the…

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NSB sets Ninth Circuit precedent in win for client Susan Mellen

On August 17, 2018, in a precedent-setting decision, the Ninth Circuit reinstated NSB client Susan Mellen’s wrongful conviction lawsuit. Ms. Mellen, a single mother of three, spent more than 17 years incarcerated for a brutal murder she didn’t commit. She was convicted by the perjured testimony of June Patti, an infamous liar with a long…

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NSB client Anthony Wright wins largest wrongful-conviction payout in City of Philadelphia history

On June 6, 2018, NSB client Anthony Wright won a $9.85 million settlement to resolve his federal civil rights claims against the City of Philadelphia and several of its homicide detectives. Mr. Wright was wrongfully convicted of the 1991 rape and murder of an elderly North Philadelphia woman in 1993, and served 25 years in…

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New York approves $10 million settlement for NSB client Martin Tankleff

In April 2018, Suffolk County, New York approved a $10 million settlement for NSB client Martin Tankleff, to resolve his federal civil rights claims against the County and several of its police detectives. Mr. Tankleff was wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents in 1990 and spent 17 years in prison before his conviction was overturned….

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NSB client Jamal Trulove awarded $10 million in damages, the largest-ever jury verdict against the SFPD

On April 6, 2018, after a month-long trial, a federal jury in Oakland, California awarded $10 million in damages to NSB client Jamal Trulove, who spent six years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder. The jury based its damages award on its determination that two San Francisco Police Department detectives had withheld favorable…

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NSB negotiates $12.5 million global settlement with the City and State of New York on behalf of client Clifford Jones

In March 2018, NSB negotiated a $12.5 million global settlement with the City and State of New York on behalf of client Clifford Jones, who spent 29 years incarcerated for a murder/rape he did not commit because of serious investigative misconduct perpetrated by the New York Police Department. Mr. Jones is represented by NSB partners…

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NSB negotiates an unprecedented $14 million settlement against the City of St. Louis and the State of Missouri on behalf of the family of NSB client George Allen

In December 2017, NSB negotiated an unprecedented $14 million settlement against the City of St. Louis and the State of Missouri on behalf of the family of NSB client George Allen, who passed away in 2016. Mr. Allen was wrongfully convicted of the 1982 rape and murder of a St. Louis court reporter. The settlement…

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New York City settles with NSB client Andre Hatchett in false identification suit

In October 2017, NSB reached a $12.25 million settlement with the City of New York on behalf of client Andre Hatchett, who spent 25 years wrongfully imprisoned for a Brooklyn murder. Mr. Hatchett’s conviction was overturned in 2016 when the Conviction Review Unit of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office reviewed his case and unearthed…

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New Haven settles with NSB client Scott Lewis over crooked cop case

NSB client Scott Lewis won a $9.5 million settlement from the City of New Haven after spending more than 19 years in prison for a brutal double homicide he did not commit. The settlement came early in discovery before NSB had taken a single deposition. Mr. Lewis had been set up by a corrupt cop…

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NSB wins settlement for client Reginald Connor, who spent 16 years wrongfully imprisoned because of NYPD police misconduct

This year NSB client Reginald Connor won a combined 11 million dollar settlement award from the state and City of New York. Mr. Connor spent approximately 16 years incarcerated and another 6.5 years on parole for a 1992 kidnapping he did not commit before he was exonerated in 2015. Mr. Connor’s wrongful conviction was the…

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New York City settles $13 million claim against NYPD for coercing false confession from 15-year-old

The City of New York agreed to a $13 million settlement with NSB client Tiffany Wilson for the loss of her brother, Sharrif Wilson, and for the more than 20 years he spent wrongfully incarcerated for the sickening triple murder and sexual assault of the mother, sister, and cousin of his best friend—crimes that DNA…

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Second Circuit upholds over-$43 million 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…

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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…

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