NEW YORK – Prosecutors are asking a New York City court to reject 90 drug convictions after a review of arrests involving a former narcotics detective who now faces corruption charges.
Most of the low-level cases investigated by Joseph Franco while he was a NYPD police officer in Brooklyn from 2004 to 2011 are likely to be vacated because of his criminal case in Manhattan, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said Wednesday. market. A 2019 charge accuses Franco of perjury and other charges, alleging that he framed innocent people at a time when a supervisor said he was considered a famous police officer.
Although a review of cases dating from a decade or more did not find similar misconduct on the part of Franco or that the defendants were innocent, Gonzalez said in a statement on Wednesday that, because of the Manhattan case, “I lost my confidence in your work “. Tina Luongo, a lawyer responsible for the Legal Aid Society’s criminal defense practice, praised Gonzalez’s decision to overturn the convictions. She asked other district prosecutors in the city to carry out similar assessments.
However, the decision drew a strong rebuke from Franco’s lawyer, Howard Tanner, who called it “unfounded and irresponsible”.