EXI CLIENT EDWARD GARRY GRANTED NEW TRIAL, FREED FROM PRISON

We are so happy to announce that EXI client Edward Garry was released on bail this past Friday after serving nearly 22 years of a 25-to-life sentence for a Bronx murder he did not commit. On March 22, 2017 a judge granted Edward’s motion to vacate his conviction and ordered a new trial, finding that the Bronx District Attorney’s office wrongfully withheld evidence at his original trial which implicated another suspect.  This has been a long time coming for Edward, who has been fighting to prove his innocence for two decades, and for EXI attorneys who worked for 7 years on his case.  Edward is thrilled to be reunited with his family and adjusting to life as a free man.

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office announced in court on Friday that it would not appeal the judge’s decision but that it would pursue a retrial.  We are hopeful that Edward will be fully exonerated soon.

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Edward Garry, moments after he was released on March 31, 2017

Justice for John Bunn

John Bunn’s conviction was vacated on November 29th after the judge found that he was framed by rogue Brooklyn homicide detective Louis Scarcella. Bunn was arrested at the age of 14 and spent 17 years behind bars for the murder of an off-duty corrections officer. He has always maintained his innocence and is finally getting the justice he deserves.

John Bunn with Rebecca Freedman and Glenn Garber listening to the judge's decision - Jesse Ward/Daily News

John Bunn with Rebecca Freedman and Glenn Garber listening to the judge’s decision – Jesse Ward/Daily News

More on John Bunn’s case:

Daily News on Bunn’s vacated conviction 

New York Times on ex-detective’s ‘malfeasance’ 

New York Law Journal: Judge tosses ’91 conviction linked to retired detective

Edward Garry’s case in the spotlight: New evidence implicates true killer in 1995 Bronx Murder

Edward Garry’s hearing has concluded and EXI is working on our post-hearing briefing. We are hoping for good news this spring.

An article about Garry’s case appeared in the October 24th issue of the New Yorker entitled “An Ex-cop’s Remorse”. It discusses how Peter Forcelli, the detective who arrested Garry in 1995 and received a commendation for the arrest, and how he has since come to believe and testify that Garry is innocent.

Edward was wrongfully convicted of murdering a retired NYPD detective in the Bronx in 1995. He is serving the 19th year of a 25-year-to-life sentence. EXI’s investigation and FOIL litigation led to the discovery of the real killer. With assistance from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, EXI put forth testimony at Edward’s 440 hearing from federal agents, an Assistant United States Attorney, and a federal cooperator, which all implicated the true killer. As the litigation continues, so does our fight to exonerate Edward.

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Former NYPD Det. Peter Forcelli (left) and Edward Garry Photo: Richard Harbus (New York Post)

 

An Ex-cop’s Remorse – The New Yorker 

Read more about Edward Garry’s  case in the New York Post

EXI Client Richard Rosario Exonerated, But Refuses to Accept Imperfect Justice

EXI client Richard Rosario was freed from prison on March 23, 2016, on consent of the prosecution, based on ineffective assistance of counsel for failure to advance his compelling alibi evidence.  He returned to court on June 24, 2016 to find out the prosecution’s decision on whether to retry his case. The prosecution announced that it intended to dismiss the murder indictment, clearing Rosario once and for all, however it refused to acknowledge his innocence.  In a stunning move, Rosario rejected the prosecution’s dismissal as unacceptable to remedy the injustice he endured by virtue of his wrongful conviction. Citing a lack of transparency in the prosecution’s investigation and a desire to be fully vindicated, Rosario told the Court that the justice system had failed both him and the murder victim, and that the truth had not yet been revealed.  In response to Rosario’s unprecedented position, the Court postponed the dismissal of the indictment. Rosario was officially exonerated on November 14 after the murder charges against him had been dismissed.

NBC News

NBC News

Watch Rosario on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

EXI’s Third Annual Benefit

Join the Exoneration Initiative for our third annual benefit on November 14, 2016 at the Loft at Tribeca Grill at 6pm.

Purchase tickets online here or send a check to our office.

Please contact Krissy at kreimels@exi.org or call our office with any questions.

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