Brooklyn DA to review 50 murder convictions

An exposé by the New York Times has led the NYPD to review former Detective Louis Scarcella's cases. Credit: Getty Images
An exposé by the New York Times has led the NYPD to review former Detective Louis Scarcella’s cases. Credit: Getty Images

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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