Brooklyn DA to review 50 murder convictions
After the release of David Ranta, wrongfully convicted of the murder of a Hasidic rabbi 23 years ago, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office has decided to review 50 murder convictions facilitated by retired NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella.
In a recent exposé, the New York Times dug into Scarcella’s conviction history and discovered that, among other questionable moves, he used the same crack addict as a witness in six separate homicide investigations.
Scarcella is also accused of letting prisoners out of jail to smoke crack cocaine in exchange for testimony fingering Ranta for the murder of Rabbi Chaskell Werzberger, an Auschwitz survivor.
Werzberger was shot by a panicked jewel thief in a robbery gone wrong.
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