The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation For Justice is a New York based 501(c)(3) committed to the prevention of wrongful convictions both in DNA and Non-DNA cases, and the reintegration of exonerees.
The Foundation was established as a result of Deskovic's own wrongful conviction at the age of 17 of the rape and murder of a 15 year old girl. Authorities knew his DNA did not match that of the actual perpetrator - who, three years later, went on to murder another young woman and mother of two - but rogue police officers, prosecutors, and other law enforcement personnel knowingly and maliciously accused, prosecuted and eventually secured his conviction.
The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation is committed to fighting wrongful conviction through: raising awareness; seeking legislative changes; exonerating the wrongfully convicted; helping exonerees reintegrate.
When the wrong person is sent to prison, their families and friends are sent with them, while the victim and his/her family is impacted as well. At the same time, society is in danger because the actual perpetrator is free to strike again. We hope you'll join our fight against wrongful convictions. We hope you'll join our fight to keep the actually innocent out of prison, reintegrate the many exonerees who are coming home, and implement the necessary protocols, best practices and legislation to maintain our justice system's integrity.
Exonerated NYC Man Dies From Asthma Attack: Lawyer
A New York City man freed after serving 23 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit died over the weekend. A friend and supporter of William Lopez says he died Saturday from an asthma attack.
Jeffrey Deskovic says Lopez passed away before his $124 million federal civil lawsuit against the city for false imprisonment was set to begin. Lopez's attorney, Dennis Kelly, says Monday's pre-motion conference was adjourned to Oct. 17.
Deskovic Wins Wrongful Conviction Verdict
Mark Hamblett, New York Law Journal, October 24, 2014
Jeffrey Deskovic Thursday won a $41.65 million verdict against Putnam County for his wrongful conviction for the rape and murder of a high school classmate that cost him 16 years behind bars.
Nick Brustin and Emma Freudenberger, partners with Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, said it took a federal jury about an hour and a half to reach a verdict, awarding Deskovic $25 million for time in prison, $15 million for pain and suffering and $1.65 million in lost wages. Deskovic's recovery, however, was limited to $10 million by a complicated side agreement between the parties.
EXONERATED: AFTER 16 YEARS IN PRISON, JEFFREY DESKOVIC, M.A., HAS MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
November 4, 2014 Fordham Law School
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Jeffrey Deskovic’s talk is part of a speakers series on the “Criminal Law in Flux,” which constitutes Professor Deborah Denno’s student seminar at Fordham Law School. Mr. Deskovic will discuss the following: his wrongful conviction and exoneration; general systemic deficiencies that lead to wrongful convictions and the reforms needed to address those cracks in the system; and The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice (www.deskovic.org), which focuses on fighting wrongful convictions.
Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department presents Actual Innocence and Forensic Science: An Examination of Wrongful Convictions
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Great Hall, New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street, Albany, New York
1:30pm - 4:30pm