EXI CLIENT SELWYN DAYS EXONERATED AFTER 5TH TRIAL, FREED FROM PRISON

EXI is thrilled to announce that our client Selwyn Days is finally a free man after 16 years behind bars for two murders he did not commit.  Selwyn was exonerated on September 12, 2017, after his fifth trial in a false confession homicide case.

Selwyn’s first and third trials ended in hung juries.  His second and fourth trials resulted in convictions, but both convictions were overturned.  Selwyn’s fifth trial was the first one in which he was permitted to put on a robust defense, including expert testimony regarding the phenomenon of false confessions and his personal risk factors for false confession.  While holding the hands of his attorneys from EXI and the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Selwyn heard for the first time on September 12 that a jury had found him not guilty of the crimes for which he had originally been sentenced to fifty years to life in prison.

EXI and attorneys from Paul Weiss have been working tirelessly on Selwyn’s case for a decade and we are elated to see him reunited with his family, especially his brother Stelwyn (pictured below) who sat through every one of his trials, holding out hope for the brother he knew to be innocent.

Selwyn and Stelwyn Days, moments after the jury verdict on September 12, 2017

Selwyn and Stelwyn Days, moments after the jury verdict on September 12, 2017

Read more about Selwyn’s false confession defense in the Journal News

Journal News coverage of Selwyn’s Acquittal

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

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