By Charisma L. Miller, Esq.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A Brooklyn man who spent 18 years behind bars after being convicted for the stray-bullet killing of a 4-year-old girl has been freed. It is reported that Sundhe Moses was released from an upstate prison pursuant to the state Parole Board's Oct. 31 decision to grant him parole. The decision came after his lawyers documented flaws in the Brooklyn District Attorney's case.
Moses alleged that retired NYPD Detective Louis Scarcella beat him into confessing to the killing. His case is one of 50 old cases on which Scarcella worked that have come under review after a judge threw out the conviction of a man accused of killing a Brooklyn rabbi in 1990. Scarcella, who had been credited with solving sensational cases, has not been charged.
Scarcella, retired from the police force, has come under significant fire recently after it was discovered that in one case he coached a witness to falsely identify a murder suspect and allowed jailhouse informants trips out of jail to do drugs and visit with girlfriends. The investigation of that case, the case of David Ranta, caused the Brooklyn DA to create the Conviction Integrity Unit to look into case of alleged wrongful convictions.
In addition, DA Charles Hynes ordered a 12-member independent panel to specifically review 40 convictions, involving 50 defendants, from the 1980s and 1990s handled by Scarcella in an attempt to prove — or in some cases disprove — the integrity of the convictions.
While the independent panel is reviewing cases handled by Scarcella, it is unclear if the DA’s Office has begun an investigation specifically into Scarcella and if charges will be brought in any of the cases in which Scarcella is accused of manufacturing or submitting flawed evidence to secure convictions.