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Suffolk County DA Opening New Bureau On Improper Convictions

July 23, 2018 - 2:47 pm

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A new bureau is opening up at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office to look at improper convictions.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, we have heard about stories in the past – including in Suffolk County – where a person spends years or even decades for a crime they did not commit until their sentence is finally overturned.

District Attorney Tim Sini said after cases were dismissed recently in the county under the former DA because of crucial evidence being withheld from defense attorneys, he has established a new bureau to look at convictions to make sure they were proper and fair.

“One of the most significant injustices that can be brought upon someone is being charged and convicted of a crime that one did not commit,” Sini said.

Howard Master will head up the bureau. He worked for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan and directed the investigations of state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.