Brooklyn D.A. Names Advisers for His Review of Convictions

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David Ranta
David Ranta in March 2013.

"I've done various things in my life that, I think, prepare me to offer my best judgment to the D.A. If there was injustice," Nussbaum said the office was "looking to correct injustice."

In March 2013, Brooklyn prosecutors said the evidence against Ranta had "significantly eroded" and joined a defense motion to vacate the conviction (NYLJ, March 21, 2013). A month later, Ranta submitted his notice of claim that named the city, Scarcella and other officers as possible defendants. The notice's allegations included malicious prosecution, abuse of process and negligent hiring, retention, training, discipline and supervision in violation of Ranta's civil rights (NYLJ, May 15, 2013).

Scarcella has denied any wrongdoing in Ranta's case or any other cases.

Negotiations over notice of claim began under previous Comptroller John Liu and concluded under Stringer, who took office in January

In a statement, Stringer said, "After a review process and negotiations, my office was able to reach a settlement with Mr. Ranta that is in the best interests of all parties and closes the door on a truly regrettable episode in our City's history. I am pleased that my office was able to move quickly to resolve this claim."

The comptroller's office is authorized through the city charter to settle any claims against the city.

In an interview, Eric Sumberg, a comptroller spokesman, said the city's Law Department was not consulted in the settlement process, but said it was not uncommon for the office to determine by itself the amount owed to a claimant.

Sumberg said it is the office's "responsibility to settle claims.… We do research. There's a process to which we determined the amount in addition to negotiations."

Sumberg declined to comment on how the sides agreed on the $6.4 million figure.

A Law Department spokesperson declined to comment on the settlement.

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