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Nassau County, New York’s Crime Lab is an Embarassment!

crime1There have been recent disclosures with regard to the numerous problems faced by the Nassau County Police Crime Laboratory. Nassau County faces the potential that numerous individuals were convicted based on erroneous findings of the Nassau County Crime Laboratory. There is the potential for many lawsuits related to the poor quality of the testing work performed by the Nassau County Crime Laboratory.

History of Problems

Crime Laboratories

The police and the district attorneys’ offices rely on crime laboratories to process data related to drugs and other compounds seized by the police. When the crime laboratory’s integrity is challenged, it undermines the credibility of the entire law enforcement system.
Bad lab results can result in improper convictions. Individuals can be convicted of crimes they did not commit. Forensic evidence which includes blood samples, fingerprints and hair analysis is necessary for the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.

There have been many failures regarding the crime laboratory in Nassau County. Television viewers throughout the United States are familiar with the excellent work that can be accomplished by well-organized, sophisticated forensic investigations of a crime. The CSI television programs are largely responsible for educating the American public regarding these matters.

Presumption of Innocence

Approximately four years ago the Crime Laboratory was placed on probation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory directors. They took this action due to the poor quality of the analysis of drugs taken from criminals by the police. In 2010, the New York State Commission on Forensic Science conducted an inspection of the Nassau County Police laboratory. This resulted on the laboratory being placed on probation a second time. In February of 2011, all testing on narcotics in the laboratory ceased.
Individuals charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Individuals charged with crimes are entitled to due process. This amounts to a fair and impartial legal system. There can be no due process when the police and prosecutors are relying on faulty, inaccurate, erroneous laboratory results caused by a flawed poorly run crime laboratory.

Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you are charged with a crime, the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can provide you with aggressive legal representation. We experienced in representing individuals charged with drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, juvenile defenses, driving while intoxicated (DWI), weapons possession, sex crimes, white collar crimes, violent crimes and other misdemeanors and felonies. We can assist you and help you save your license if you’re charged with traffic tickets. Feel free to call Elliot S. Schlissel, Esq. at 516-561-6645, 718-350-2802 or 1-800-344-6431. Our phones are monitored 24/7.

Wrongfully Convicted

wrongful-150x150 Mr. Warney was convicted for killing a man and a woman in Rochester, New York. He was sentenced to  twenty-five years to life in prison. He had signed a confession admitting that he killed the man and woman.  He later took the position that he was tricked into confessing.

The innocence project at Cardoza Law School represents Mr. Warney. In 2008, after serving nine years of  his twenty-five to life prison sentence, DNA evidence excluded Mr. Warney as a suspect of the crime.

Mr. Warney Sues New York State For Compensation

Attorney Peter Newfield brought a lawsuit in the Court of Claims in New York asking for compensation for Mr. Warney, claiming he was wrongfully convicted. The New York statute regarding compensation states that the state is exempt from liability in situations where a defendant “by his own conduct” caused or “brought about his own conviction”. Peter Newfield, Esq., claimed that Douglas Warney confessed due to a inherently coercive interrogation. Mr. Warney, due to his low I.Q., was vulnerable to the pressures brought upon him by the police during his interrogation. It is Attorney Newfield’s position that Mr. Warney was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit.

Lower Court Dismisses Compensation Lawsuit

The initial action for compensation brought by Peter Newfield on Mr. Warney’s request was denied by the Supreme Court. Peter Newfield appealed the conviction and it was again denied by the Appellate Division. Peter Newfield now seeks the Court of Appeals to render a decision allowing his client to sue New York State to collect damages.

Task Force Appointed

A task force has been appointed by Court of Appeals Judge Theodore T. Jones to examine approximately fifty cases where individuals were wrongfully convicted. The task force is due to issue a report showing the role of prosecutors, the courts, police and defendants with regard to these wrongful prosecutions.

At the time of Mr. Warney’s confession, he claims there were eleven pieces of information that provided details concerning the crime by the police. These pieces of information were contained in his confession.

It is now up to the Court of Appeals as to whether Mr. Warney and defendants in similar situations will be able to collect from wrongful convictions based on coerced false confessions.

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Long Island and New York City Criminal Attorneys

Individuals charged with crimes are entitled to be represented by counsel. There are two types of crimes in New York, misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are lesser crimes and felonies are more serious crimes. Legal representation is important for individuals charged with all types of crimes, whether these crimes involve drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, juvenile matters, shoplifting, burglary, driving while intoxicated, weapons possession, sex crimes or white collar crimes.

Every New Yorker charged with crime is presume innocent until proven guilty. It is defense counsels’ job to aggressively represent their clients. This is what we do! We’ve had excellent results in representing our clients for more than thirty years. Should you, a friend, a family member or loved one be charged with a crime or investigated related to a crime, feel free to call us at 1-800-344-6431, 718-350-2802 or 516-561-6645. Our phones are monitored 24/7.

Suffolk County Develops Gun Shot System

gunshot-150x150In March of 2010, Suffolk County deployed a gun shot detection system in the two square-mile area of Huntington. This gun shot detection system uses computerized sound sensors to pick up the sounds of gun shots. The system is designed to establish the location of the origin of the gunshot. It is accurate to within approximately eighty feet. The system sends an alert to the police department of the origin of the gun shots.

A similar system has been utilized in Nassau County. The system in Nassau County has helped in providing of medical care for individuals who have been wounded by gun shots. They also have assisted the police in Nassau County in quickly identifying witnesses and making it easier to find the shooters and arrest them. The gun shot detection system in Nassau County, New York, was installed in Roosevelt and Uniondale, Long Island, in July of 2009. Since the installation of the system in Nassau County, there have been nine-hundred shooting incidents. The system in Nassau County is credited with the reduction of shooting incidents in Roosevelt and Uniondale.

Suffolk County decided to install the gun shot detection system after there was a series of shootings near Jack Abrams High School in Huntington Station. The gunfire involved was thought to have emanated from individuals who were members of the Latin Kings gang. The shootings in July of 2010 resulted in a sixteen-year-old being wounded. It forced the closing of this school. It is hoped that the gun shot detection system installed in Suffolk County will reduce the number of violent crimes utilizing firearms.

Criminal Defense

criminal-150x1504 The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo represents individuals charged with a variety of criminal charges.  We  represent individuals charged with sex crimes, weapons possession, white collar crimes, as well as  all types  of violent criminal behavior. In addition, we assist our clients in driving while intoxicated cases (DWI’s),  juvenile crimes and all types of domestic violence allegations. Feel free to call us at 1-800-344- 6431; 516- 561-6645 or 718-350-2802 for a free consultation.

The Great Escape

CopCars-150x150Jose Rodriguez was a wanted man. Police tracked him down to a hotel in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The New York City police, New Jersey police and members of a federal task force found Rodriguez in his hotel room. They had tracked him down by intercepting his cell phone calls. Overwhelmed by the police presence, Rodriguez surrendered. The police placed him in a police cruiser and handcuffed behind his back in the backseat. The engine of the police vehicle was left on and the key in the ignition. Besides from having his hands handcuffed behind his back, Rodriguez legs were also shackled together. Rodriguez was left in the back seat for approximately an hour while police were working out the details of the numerous criminal charges against him.

Rodriguez Escapes

Rodriguez squirmed into the front seat from the rear seat. He was somehow able to place the police cruiser into gear. Unable to steer the vehicle with his hands handcuffed behind his back, he steered the vehicle with his knees.

14 Hour Manhunt

When the police realized that Rodriguez had escaped, a manhunt was undertaken to find him. The police cruiser was located approximately five miles away. In it were the handcuffs and leg shackles that Rodriguez had removed from his arms and legs. The keys left in the ignition also had a key that opened up the handcuffs and leg shackles.

Heavily armed police officers utilizing both dogs and helicopters searched the neighboring area. Eventually they found Rodriguez. Rodriguez was returned to the 43rd precinct in the Bronx. He’s being charged with a November 1, 2001, shooting in the Bronx.Rodriguez has more than seven prior criminal arrests related to marijuana possession and robbery. He also was a parole violator. Thank God the police didn’t lose Mr. Rodriguez the second time they caught him!!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Our law office has extensive experience in representing individuals charged with all kinds of misdemeanors and felonies. We represent men and women charged with white collar crimes, violent crimes and sex crimes. We represent our clients in driving while intoxicated (DWI) and weapons possession cases. Should you, a friend or family member be the subject of an investigation or charged with a crime, call us! We can help you. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Sex Offender Release

images1-150x150Clifton Mack, age 48, had an extensive history of being a sex offender. In 1991 he was convicted of seducing young boys. He had prior convictions dating back to the 80’s for molesting young boys.

In 2005, he participated in a prison treatment program. He did not complete the program because he was kicked out. He was kicked out of the program for possessing materials depicting naked children!

Recently, despite overwhelming evidence that Clifton Mack who had spend 16 years in prison for molesting young boys and cannot control his pedophilia, a new state judge ruled that he lacked authority to institutionalize Mack upon his release from prison.

Acting Supreme Court Justice Michael A. Gross of the Bronx stated that his hands were tied. The 2007 New York State law which establishes civil confinement for dangerous sex offenders expressly mandated the release of a prisoner when he completed his prison sentence if a jury determines he had no “mental abnormality” making it likely that he would commit additional sex offenses.

History Of Arrest

Mr. Mack was first convicted in 1986 for exposing himself to a group of young boys and trying to molest them. He was sentence to 5 years of probation. While on probation he was arrested for abusing young boys. Further investigation indicated he had abused as many as 10 young boys.

In 1993 Mr. Mack plead guilty to sodomy and was sentence to 8 1/4 to 16 1/2 years in prison. In June 2009, he was transferred to a state psychiatric center in the Bronx awaiting the determination of the states confinement application.

Judge Gross’s ruling that he could not hold Mr. Mack in civil confinement is extremely upsetting. The law needs to be changed and strengthened. Sexual perverts should not be released to commit further crimes against young, unsuspecting victims.

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