Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is seeking to overturn 378 convictions based on testimonies from dirty cops

Brooklyn prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to overturn a whopping 378 convictions — including 47 felonies — that relied on testimony from dirty cops.

Prosecutor Eric Gonzalez said he “lost confidence” in the convictions, in which 13 former NYPD officers served as key witnesses before being found guilty themselves of crimes including murder, drug smuggling, bribes and lying under oath.

However, his office’s own Conviction Review Unit uncovered no wrongdoing in the cases.

Most convictions were for drug possession or traffic violations from arrests made between 1999 and 2017. No one is behind bars for any of the convictions, the prosecutors’ office said.

“It has been determined that these former police officers have committed serious misconduct directly related to their official job duties and call into question the integrity of any arrests they have made,” Gonzalez said in a statement.

“Credibility and honesty are at the heart of the justice system and we cannot improve community trust without upholding the highest ethical standards,” he added.

Brooklyn Attorney Eric Gonzalez on the corner of Manhattan Ave and McKibbin Street.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, headed by Eric Gonzalez (above), asked a judge to overturn 378 convictions, including 47 felonies, that relied on dirty cop testimony.
Gregory P. Mango

During a Wednesday afternoon hearing, prosecutors asked Brooklyn Superior Court Justice Matthew D’Emic to begin overturning the felony convictions.

The mass layoff would be the sixth largest in U.S. history, Gonzalez said in a statement, citing data from the National Registry of Exonerations. It follows that prosecutors overturn 90 convictions related to ex-Detective Joseph Franco, who was charged with perjury in Manhattan in 2019.

The latest round of firings includes 191 convictions involving four police officers in a Brooklyn South Narcotics corruption scandal, the prosecutor said. Around 134 convictions involved disgraced ex-cop Jerry Bowens – who admitted to murdering his girlfriend and shooting a friend in the head in 2009, prosecutors said.

An image of a NYPD cruiser.

Most convictions between 1999 and 2017 were for drug possession or traffic violations.


An image of the Brooklyn Municipal Building.

“Credibility and honesty are at the heart of the justice system, and we cannot improve community trust without upholding the highest ethical standards,” Gonzalez said in a statement.


At least 43 of the convictions involved ex-cop Oscar Sandino, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to allegations that he forced a woman to perform oral sex on him, the prosecutor’s office said. Another 60 included Eddie Martins, who admitted taking bribes and running an 18-year-old woman in exchange for sexual favors in 2017 on a drug charge.

Other cops on the list of 13 included Michael Foder, who pleaded guilty in 2019 to falsifying evidence and lying under oath.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/07/brooklyn-da-eric-gonzalez-seeks-to-toss-378-convictions-that-relied-on-dirty-cops-testimony/ Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is seeking to overturn 378 convictions based on testimonies from dirty cops

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