Statement on NYS Prosecutorial Conduct Legislation

Tina Luongo, Attorney-In-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice at The Legal Aid Society, issued the following statement today responding to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo enacting legislation (S2412D/A5285C) that will establish a commission on prosecutorial conduct:

“Last year, New York had the fourth highest number of exonerations in the country – many that involved prosecutorial misconduct – yet there has been no viable way to hold prosecutors accountable who broke the law or acted in bad faith and ruined lives. However, that changes today.

New York will become the first state in the nation to establish an independent commission to investigate prosecutors who egregiously flout the rules. This is a crucial step toward avoiding wrongful incarceration and a way to help prevent future misconduct.

The Legal Aid Society lauds Governor Cuomo and the Legislature for championing this legislation and seeing its passage into law.”