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 signing amended legislation (SB-1190) that will establish a commission on prosecutorial conduct.
“With this legislation, New York will become the first state in the nation to establish a separate and dedicated commission to investigate prosecutors who may have violated ethical and professional rules. Up until this moment, there has been no viable tool to hold prosecutors accountable who break the law or act in bad faith and ruin lives. This is a critical step toward avoiding wrongful incarceration and an effective way to help prevent future misconduct.
The Legal Aid Society applauds Governor Cuomo and the Legislature for championing this legislation and for seeing its passage into law. Lastly, we urge Albany to build on this success by also enacting comprehensive criminal discovery, bail, and speedy trial reforms immediately.”