New officers sworn by Kings County Criminal Bar Association

The Kings County Criminal Bar Association last Thursday kicked off 2013 with the induction of a new president and a discussion on false confessions.

The new president, Jay Schwitzman, was sworn in by Kings County Supreme Court Justice Barry Kamins. “The Kings County Criminal Bar Association is important to the Brooklyn Legal Community,” Schwitzman said.

Commenting on Brooklyn Criminal Justice Patricia DiMango being called to the Bronx to assist with that county’s epic case backlog, Schwitzman continued “We have a wonderful judiciary and talented lawyers. Things run so smoothly in Brooklyn that when other counties have backlogs, they call our judges to form swat teams to assist them.”

Immediately after the induction ceremony was a course on false confessions. Attorneys Jonathan C. Moore and Harvey Fishbein gave examples from a trial context.

Moore is currently representing three of the young men wrongfully convicted in the infamous Central Park jogger case.  Fishbein is the defense attorney for Pedro Hernandez, charged with the 1979 murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Alexander Sasha Bardey also spoke about the issues of false confessions from a scientific lens.

More programs are planned in the future promised, Schwitzman promised. “My goal is to continue to have relevant CLE courses come from the KCCBA.”