NYC continues to pay large sums to settle Brooklyn wrongful conviction cases
New York City will pay $17 million to settle three wrongful criminal convictions.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer said last week that the settlements involve cases handled by retired homicide Detective Louis Scarcella.
The cases involved three half-brothers; one died in prison. Robert Hill, Alvena Jennette and Darryl Austin spent a combined total of 60 years in prison before a judge vacated their convictions in May.
Stringer told The New York Times he believed the city should avoid litigation — if found liable at trial — in which it could face exposure to high damages.