Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bronx Acquittals Set Record

Only 43% of Bronx felony cases last year were found guilty
The Bronx—which has been the location of notorious cases such as the police shooting of Amadou Diallo in 1999 and Larry Davis's shootout with police in 1986—has seen tensions between the police and the community run high over time. Some say those tensions have contributed to the low conviction rate.

"The Bronx has a healthy mistrust for the police and that has a part in why there are so many acquittals," says defense attorney Ron Kuby, who has represented many Bronx defendants, including Mr. Davis. "It has an impact because so many cases in the Bronx are drug-related and depend almost exclusively on testimony from police officers."

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