In the case of Jeffrey Deskovic, he was arrested and convicted on false charges of rape and murder due to a botched investigation. That was in 1989. For the next 16 years he would be incarcerated. An innocent man. It wasn't until 2006 when he was finally exonerated as a result of DNA testing.
The City of Peekskill ultimately awarded Deskovic more than 5 million dollars for his troubles. However, that award did not come with an apology. That could have been an opportunity for all personnel involved to own up to the mistake and set the record straight that injustice won't be tolerated. As it stands, the City foot the bill for the money awarded, but the police and prosecutors still remain mum on the huge faux pas. Deskovic has since used $1.5 million of his compensation funds to establish The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, a non-profit working to exonerate the innocent and raise public awareness about wrongful convictions.
If you are facing criminal charges and are thinking to yourself, "I'm innocent, I have nothing to worry about." --Think again. Prosecutors and police love closing cases. It keeps there numbers in the black and it shows citizens that crime isn't going unpunished. Contact Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Paul R. Moraski at (978) 744-1200 immediately for a consultation if you or a loved on has been charged with a crime.
Paul R. Moraski, Esq.
The Law Office of Paul R. Moraski
221 Essex Street, Suite 51
Salem, Massachusetts 01970