A frightening case of wrongful imprisonment in New York City could cost the city millions of dollars to settle. The case, stemming from a 22-year-old conviction, was filed late last year in a Manhattan court on behalf of Calvin Buari. Buari was arrested, tried, and convicted of a double murder in 1992. However, in 2017 new witness testimony exonerated him of the crime and his conviction was overturned. Unfortunately, Buari had spent 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Now, the victim of this heinous miscarriage of justice is suing New York City for financial damages in an undisclosed amount calculated to compensate him for all of those years he spent behind bars.
While this case of wrongful imprisonment in New York City is exceptional due to the length of the sentence the victim had already served, it’s not uncommon for convictions to be overturned even years after the fact when new evidence or testimony is introduced.
Most often, these wrongful imprisonment lawsuits in New York City don’t go to trial. Indeed, the City has long history of settling these cases before they come to trial, especially when there has been a suspicion of prosecutorial misconduct, a possible failure to disclose exculpatory evidence or to follow a lead which could have led to an outcome favorable to the defendant. From a public relations perspective, settling out of court allows the city to resolve these cases without accepting fault for any wrongdoing.
On its face, it seems like this is an easy way for the City. However, there are benefits to the victim as well. Not only are the victims guaranteed a substantial payout, they get the money in hand much more quickly than they would have in a long drawn out court battle.
If you’ve been exonerated of a crime and have served jail time, contact an experienced wrongful imprisonment attorney in New York City to get the compensation you deserve. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation today.