In his ruling, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Hecht referenced a little-used statute that lets judges keep some persistent felony offenders behind bars for up to 90 days.
Scott HechingerUNREAL: “A Brooklyn judge believes he found a loophole for state’s controversial new bail reform law.” That “loophole” was literally *written into the new bail reform law.* Made it stronger. @NYPost will lie when reform doesn’t lead to jail & when it does.
At 18, I thought I would spend the rest of my life in prison. Reading opened new worlds, helped me help others. High e-reader fees are latest to harm inmates.
Scott HechingerMUST READ: Tablets in prison sound great. But: $15 for each novel. 3 cents/min. 25 cents/page. Reading is now yet another profit companies extract. Yet "a charge to read is especially egregious. The great resource in prison is the time to think & improve."
The New York City mayor, who was briefly a presidential candidate himself, is expected to travel with Mr. Sanders in Nevada in the coming days, according to people familiar with the plans.
Scott HechingerRight now in NY, Bill de Blasio has chosen to align himself w/ White supremacists, police, prosecutors GOP lawmakers & his Trump-supporting NYPD Chief, to fearmonger & lie to kill modest weeks old bail reform & give judges *more* discretion to jail people.
Scott HechingerCASE FOR BAIL REFORM: The @NYDailyNews thinks this latest attempt to fearmonger makes case for more jail. Does the opposite. Profile a 56 y/o desperate man. 138 arrests. None violent. 6x in prison. Keeps getting arrested. Yet their "solution" is more jail?
ALBANY — Under public pressure, State Senate Democrats are set to propose an overhaul to the state’s freshly minted and controversial bail law. The Democrats this week will recommend abolishing bail a
Scott HechingerBREAKING: Can’t believe this. NY Senate *Democrats* are caving to the fear & racism of police, prosecutors, & White nationalists. To kill bail reform a month after it began. Their “compromise” is worse than what we had. Kalief Browder would still be jailed.
The new law requires prosecutors to hand over most evidence in criminal cases to defense lawyers within 15 days of suspects’ arraignments. Because of the law, lawyers who once clocked out in the early evening are now working late into the night, say...
Scott HechingerThis article is about how some prosecutors have quit & gone on to better paying jobs because they were upset that providing evidence to people accused of crimes was forcing them to work longer than 9am-5pm. Seriously.
The death became a flash point in the debate over changes to the criminal justice system adopted in New York.
Scott HechingerPolice 7 hrs ago: "NY discovery laws didnt protect Wilmer Maldonado Rodriguez from witness intimidation & physical assault which ultimately resulted in his death."
Now: "No direct link btwn death of Wilmer Maldonado Rodriguez & criminal justice reform.”
A man found bludgeoned to death in New Cassel Sunday was killed after his identity as a victim willing to testify against his alleged MS-13 attackers was revealed to the defense as part of the pre-tri
Scott HechingerJUST INCREDIBLE: Just hours ago, NY police & prosecutors were weaponizing this tragic murder to slam new discovery laws. Public defenders called them out. Now they admit "there was no direct correlation." *Lesson to reporters: Call public defenders first!*
“The danger of fear-driven news coverage cannot be overstated.”
Scott HechingerPOWERFUL: 45 academics write an *epic* letter to NY news outlets & journalists criticizing & rejecting the "onslaught of misleading & alarmist coverage of the new bail reform laws." It begins "Dear Members of the NY Press Club." A thread transcribing it
A new law eliminating cash bail for most crimes in New York could put more than half of the state’s bail-bond companies out of business, industry leaders say.
Scott HechingerFact: The US is the *only country in the world* (aside from the Philippines, a former US territory) where bail bondsmen are not outlawed. Why? The rest of the world understands that profit motives undermine justice. “American exceptionalism.” Good riddance.
In January 2019, almost one year to the date before the new bail reforms in New York went into effect, I met a 64-year-old man named Adrian Rose. Rose had just been arrested and charged with a violent felony assault for allegedly attacking an EMS...
Scott HechingerI put it all out there in the Daily News today: "As a public defender who has represented thousands in Brooklyn, I can confirm that fearmongering about bail reform are outright lies & distortions. These cynical tactics are part of a long, racist tradition."
A judge and a prosecutor appear to have erred when they said Jordan Randolph, the Bellport man charged with drunken driving in a fatal crash on the William Floyd Parkway last weekend, couldn't be deta
Scott HechingerWOW: In Long Island NY, the Suffolk County DA was so eager to politicize a tragedy to roll back bail reform, he inadvertently released a man he could have held in custody by law. He could have called probation to hold him. Instead he called the press.
Michael Shannon was wrongly convicted — a result of a Louisiana law rooted in discrimination. Why are split-jury verdicts still allowed in America?
Scott Hechinger“Morrison thought the jurors would easily agree: Not enough proof. But in the room, the conversation veered from the facts of the case to the crime spike in New Orleans. They began bringing up other victims, as if they were somehow relevant to his guilt.”
Scott Hechinger🚨REJECT FEAR: Police, prosecutors, & right-wing media allies are fearmongering to undo bail reform in NY. It's cynical. It’s dangerous. Now *you can do something at JusticeNotFear.org.*
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The drop in inmates - about 20% - comes amid high-profile releases in a few cases, but that's not the main reason there are fewer people in the jail.
Scott HechingerAMAZING. Paper does deep analysis to understand the decline in jail since bail reform. They believed the hype. Expected some “mass exodus” of “dangerous criminals.” But found it was really that those charged w/ lowlevel offenses weren’t being sent anymore.
"This officer’s false claims led to an individual being charged with a crime he did not commit."
Scott HechingerDet. Bergman, accused of lying under oath to imprison an innocent man for up to 15 years, was released w/o bail. No outcry from police & prosecutors who, as I type, are peddling their own lies to kill bail reform so they can jail more Black & Brown people.
Thread by @ScottHech: I represented the man who this ex-NYPD detective lied into a violent felony indictment. Michael Bergman completely fabra fake crime out of spite. If convicted, would’ve faced minimum 3.5 years in prison. Max 15. Today, the liar...
Ex-grand larceny detective Michael Bergmann, claimed a burglary suspect tried to mow him down in Sunset Park, Brooklyn on Feb. 1.
Scott HechingerI represented the man who this ex-NYPD detective lied into a violent felony indictment. Michael Bergman completely fabricated a fake crime out of spite. If convicted, would’ve faced minimum 3.5 years in prison. Max 15. Today, the liar only got probation.
Kolb announced he will step down as Assembly minority leader after he was charged New Year's Eve with drunk driving.
Scott HechingerYet he--along with other NY Senate Republicans--will continue to peddle fear about bail reform & discovery for political gain & weaponize any tragedy that may come to call for a return to greater harshness.
The string of anti-Semitic attacks in the New York City region has some lawmakers worried that a newly enacted bail reform effort at the state level could exacerbate the situation -- with reports already emerging of at least one suspect who was...
Scott HechingerAll of these attacks occurred BEFORE the new laws went into effect & have NOTHING to do with them. Also appear to be driven by mental illness not hate. Pro-carceral forces are weaponizing fear to perpetuate mass incarceration. It’s transparent. Call it out.