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

, New York Law Journal


David Ranta
David Ranta in March 2013.

Ranta's attorney, Pierre Sussman of the Bronx, said his office went to "great length to provide the kind of arsenal of evidence that was in our favor," saying Ranta's case was "further strengthened" by the results of a Freedom of Information request subsequent to Ranta's release.

Sussman said the district attorney's office "had concrete evidence of malfeasance on the part of the detectives involved in Ranta's case. I believe it was clear to them in that case, to do what was right with our client."

Sussman said he was "very happy" with the outcome, adding that any litigation in federal court could have dragged on for five to 10 years before resolution—"that's not time my client has to wait."

Ranta is recovering from a heart attack he sustained immediately after his release.

Sussman added that he is now focused on filing a suit in the Court of Claims to recover under the Unjust Conviction Act, pursuant to Court of Claims Act §8-b. Apart from Ranta, Sussman is now investigating Scarcella-related convictions of three clients.

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