NSB wins biggest wrongful conviction jury verdict in U.S. history

A federal jury has returned a $36 million verdict for John Restivo and Dennis Halstead, who spent eighteen years in prison for a 1984 rape and murder before DNA testing proved their innocence. The jury concluded that Nassau County Detective Joseph Volpe, now deceased, had planted hairs and hid evidence suggesting Mr. Restivo’s and Mr….

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NSB client Martin Tankleff wins settlement from State of New York

The State of New York has agreed to pay $3.375 million to settle Mr. Tankleff’s claim under section 8-b of New York’s Court of Claims Act, which provides a remedy for people wrongfully convicted of crimes. Mr. Tankleff also has a federal civil rights lawsuit pending against Suffolk County and former Suffolk County Detective K….

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Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck named two of America’s 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers

The Trial Lawyer, the magazine of The National Trial Lawyers, has named Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck two of America’s 100 most influential trial lawyers. NSB congratulates Peter and Barry on this honor.

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Cochran Fellow Aaron Scherzer and NSB alum Joshua Matz to clerk on U.S. Supreme Court

October Term 2014 will see two NSB alums working at the United States Supreme Court. Current NSB Cochran Fellow Aaron Scherzer will clerk for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Former Summer Associate Joshua Matz will clerk for Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. NSB congratulates both Aaron and Joshua on this honor.

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Peter Neufeld, Barry Scheck, Nick Brustin & Emma Freudenberger Named 2013 “Super Lawyers”

The New York Super Lawyers Magazine has named Peter Neufeld, Barry Scheck, and Nick Brustin “Super Lawyers,” and Emma Freudenberger a “Rising Star,” in the area of Civil Rights and First Amendment Law.

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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 Donald 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 NSB

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 seven 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 New York’s highest court

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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