Category Archive: Civil Rights

Most convictions are correct, and it is only a small fraction of criminal convictions that are wrongfully made due to police misconduct. But wrongful convictions are unacceptable and should not be tolerated because they place innocent people behind bars.

Understanding the Basics of DACA

Understanding the Basics of DACA

| Civil Rights
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was a piece of legislature in the United States that makes provisions for a number of individuals who entered the country as minors, and who were in good standing, to seek deferment and protection from deportation of illegals. The aim of DACA was to give those who were brought into the…Read the article
Louisiana Officials Free Innocent Man

Louisiana Officials Free Innocent Man

| Civil Rights
Despite having spent nearly a half-century behind bars for a violent crime that he did not commit, 65-year-old Wilbert Jones said that his faith enabled him to “forgive” everyone involved in his ordeal. In 1974, Mr. Jones was convicted of an aggravated rape he allegedly committed as a teenager and was sentenced to life without…Read the article
A Fair Judicial System? The Death Penalty

A Fair Judicial System? The Death Penalty

| Civil Rights
The following article is written by Craig Phemister, Esq., Practice Chair of the Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Civil Rights Department. Update: Missouri Governor issues a stay of execution amid new DNA evidence The case of Marcellus Williams is a tragedy. His execution is scheduled for Tuesday (August 22nd) evening. It shows the fault with our criminal…Read the article
A Fight To Clear Their Names

A Fight To Clear Their Names

| Civil Rights
Eric Smokes and David Warren spent years behind bars after being convicted of murdering and robbing a 71-year old French tourist in the late 1980’s. Today, with Napoli Shkolnik Civil Rights attorney Craig Phemister on their side, the duo are looking to vacate the guilty verdicts against them. When the murder occurred, both men were teenagers, Smokes…Read the article
Forensic Science Mistakes and Wrongful Convictions

Forensic Science Mistakes and Wrongful Convictions

| Civil Rights
Over the years, and with more advances in technology, forensic science has become a part of the criminal process, and a part of obtaining a conviction in a criminal case. Unfortunately, evidence shows that the misapplication of forensic science is the second most contributing factor to wrongful conviction, as highlighted by a recent article published…Read the article
Napoli Shkolnik Discovers New Evidence in 1980 Murder Case

Napoli Shkolnik Discovers New Evidence in 1980 Murder Case

| Civil Rights
Brooklyn native Paul Clark was arrested, found guilty and sentenced to 25 years to life for the 1980 murder of a cab driver. Clark says that he has been suffering in silence and innocence until he found out that the detective who arrested him moonlighted as a Mafia hit man. Mob Cop Stephen Caracappa, and…Read the article
Pro Bono Civil Rights Dept: How We Can Help You

Pro Bono Civil Rights Dept: How We Can Help You

| Civil Rights
The number of people in America who have been wrongly convicted of a crime is staggering; the number of people who will lose their lives – either through unbearably lengthy prison sentences or capital punishment – as a result of these wrongful convictions is appalling. Wrongful Convictions in the U.S. The exact number of people…Read the article
Civil Rights: Actions After Wrongful Incarceration

Civil Rights: Actions After Wrongful Incarceration

| Civil Rights
Those who are wrongfully arrested, convicted, or maliciously prosecuted are victims of errors of the justice system, and often suffer egregiously as such. In fact, the Innocence Project reports that on average, those who are proven to have been wrongfully convicted through post-conviction DNA testing spend more than 14 years incarcerated. There is no doubt…Read the article
Craig Phemister Discusses Firm Civil Rights Dept. on WJFF

Craig Phemister Discusses Firm Civil Rights Dept. on WJFF

| Civil Rights
Craig Phemister along with his associate were recently invited to speak on the “Freedom” show airing on WJFF Radio Catskill. This particular show was dedicated to discussing Wrongful Convictions, the restrictions of the legal system and steps that can be taken to have your case reviewed. From the start, Craig made it clear that Napoli Shkolnik…Read the article
Brooklyn DA Declines to Retry Accused in Interest of Justice

Brooklyn DA Declines to Retry Accused in Interest of Justice

| Civil Rights
Wayne Martin was overjoyed when the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office officially dismissed the indictment against him yesterday. Martin had been sentenced to life without parole for the fatal shooting of a tire shop owner and an employee in East Flatbush in 2005. The Brooklyn Conviction Review Unit uncovered alleged misconduct by now-retired trial prosecutor Marc…Read the article
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