NY man cleared, free after 23 years in prison

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NY man cleared, free after 23 years in prison

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David Ranta is hugged by family members after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday. Ranta, 58, who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the Feb. 8, 1990 shooting of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger.

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David Ranta, right, with his attorney Pierre Sussman, has his handcuffs removed after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, on March 21.

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David Ranta is greeted by family members after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him.

By Joseph Ax, Reuters

A New York man convicted of killing a Hasidic rabbi more than two decades ago was freed on Thursday after his conviction was vacated as a miscarriage of justice.

David Ranta, 58, spent 23 years in prison until the conviction integrity unit of the Brooklyn district attorney's office concluded after a year-long investigation that the case against him was fatally flawed.

"Sir, you are free to go," acting state Supreme Court Justice Miriam Cyrulnik told Ranta at a Brooklyn courthouse as relatives, including his daughter who was an infant when he was jailed, erupted in tears and shouts of joy.

Prosecutors had joined Ranta's defense attorney, Pierre Sussman, in asking Cyrulnik to vacate Ranta's conviction "in the interest of justice."

"The evidence no longer establishes the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt," said Assistant District Attorney John O'Mara, the chief of the conviction integrity unit.

Ranta was found guilty of killing Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger on February 8, 1990, and stealing his car in an effort to flee following an unsuccessful attempt to rob a diamond courier. The crime rattled the Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn and prompted calls for swift justice.

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David Ranta kisses a family member after Judge Miriam Cyrulnik freed him, in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn, New York, on March 21.





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This is just unbelievable. These detectives should be held accountable for their actions!

That man sat in prison for 23 years because detectives told witnesses to pick the guy with the big nose in the lineup?

Wow, this is worse than Nazi Germany. As a society we must be constantly vigilant on protecting the innocent.

I am proposing that I am elected the states Internal Affairs officer. This has to stop!

It is wide spread.

How did these detectives sleep? What type of person does it take to be able to sleep for 23 years knowing that you sent an innocent man to prison?????

We are seeing the effects of self righteous God police. Police who think they can break all the rules just because they do not like another person or they way that person looks.

As that man received a life sentence, the crime should be considered Murder and these detectives should be tried for the crime!
In California we have officers being pushed over the edge concerning this issue.

In Colorado we have murder of a Sheriff taken place.

In Massachusetts one Sheriff shoots himself and another runs the Worcester house human rights violating prison.
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So where is the actual perpetrator of the crime??? Scary thought. Some person running around guilty while this guy languished in prison.

This is the big question that should be asked. The tragedy doesn't end here!

The importance of a proper Internal affairs and an accountability statute is as democratic as it gets in a free society.

Just thinking about all this injustice makes me sick.

The changing or reports, the changing of statements and the outright allowed framing of an innocent person is so bad of a crime and is NEVER prosecuted!!!!!

Such offenders should be thrown into prison with the general population! First take their guns away so they cannot kill themselves before going to prison!

If this isn't addressed this year then society has no hope of functioning!

As our seniors pass away these officers apple pies are no longer being baked by gullible citizens who think every badge is honest, kind and respectful. As some are down right rotten to Satans core!!!

Hitler in a uniform!
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Lynch wrote:
This is just unbelievable. These detectives should be held accountable for their actions!
That man sat in prison for 23 years because detectives told witnesses to pick the guy with the big nose in the lineup?
Wow, this is worse than Nazi Germany. As a society we must be constantly vigilant on protecting the innocent.
I am proposing that I am elected the states Internal Affairs officer. This has to stop!
It is wide spread.
How did these detectives sleep? What type of person does it take to be able to sleep for 23 years knowing that you sent an innocent man to prison?????
We are seeing the effects of self righteous God police. Police who think they can break all the rules just because they do not like another person or they way that person looks.
As that man received a life sentence, the crime should be considered Murder and these detectives should be tried for the crime!
In California we have officers being pushed over the edge concerning this issue.
In Colorado we have murder of a Sheriff taken place.
In Massachusetts one Sheriff shoots himself and another runs the Worcester house human rights violating prison.
If you did not get yourself locked up, then you would not have to worry about your rights being violated.
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I'm ok with cops planting evidence to get a conviction. Hey, they have to earn a living too.
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hey lynch wrote:
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If you did not get yourself locked up, then you would not have to worry about your rights being violated.
LMAO, really? So I am being marked for the rest of my life? It use to be , you did your time and that made things even with society.

So, what you are saying is that my rights should be always violated? So, what is the concept here? Am I to be pushed until I go on to do a massacre?

So, people have to get killed in order to uphold your Unconstitutional label??

Well, I do not see the assault weapons ban being implemented so I guess it is kill as many as you can before they get you?

So my family members have never been arrested and they are on my side. Matter of fact the officer in California was on your side but what happened?

I believe that if things jump off in society then the African American, Latino and white patriots may join my side. You do know your leaders live in Dubai right??

Let me ask, what side was the Sheriff on that killed himself? He was head lawman and accepted cash at parties of the network recruitment centers. But then there was evidence of illegal activity that could of landed him a very long sentence in the big house.

So, what side is Evangelitist on? He heads a prison that is a human rights violator. Oh, that is right that the inmates do not get human rights protections huh? So what should they do? Should they grab a hold of every CO that they can reach? That would be a mess huh? COs out on disability with a state that cannot afford pensions!!!

Oh, your ideas really work! Maybe Saddam had it right with gassing the population right? Or Hitler? Join the liberal cause!!! Be an American!!!!
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Illuminati wrote:
I'm ok with cops planting evidence to get a conviction. Hey, they have to earn a living too.
So talking to you is a waste of time. Usually what I have witnessed what happens to guys like you? Is that they usually get into trouble, say like a third DUI when the connections cannot help you out and you end up running someone over, you end up in jail.

Or one of your kids gets into trouble, maybe a wife or a daughter even. Learning will be your karma!

As Pat Walsh stated to me in the cell; "I just wrote a college paper on being a proponent to the death penalty". He stated this crying a waterfall of tears. He was 100% not guilty! They wanted him to take a 6-10. I told his lawyer, do not dare as he is going all the way as I am taking my plea for other reasons! This was after they asked me to talk him into taking the sentence. He was found not guilty!

His father , his brother and his lawyer asked me to convince him to take the sentence.

As I will die sober, I will also die happily defending the innocent! It is Gods will and it is the right thing to do!

Now real karma might be you or a son on the end of the stick being the one who is being framed.

When I first went into Wallpole, I was put in a cell directly across from the electric chair, they called it "old smokey" It was an old chair, big bulky thing with straps. Picture yourself sitting in that chair being strapped down and innocent??

Go to the Innocent project home page and read on!
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There hasn't been a death penalty in MA since 1984. And when we had it in 84 it was brief, the law signed by King was struck by the SJC.

Calling BS on you sitting across from old smokey in Walpole. Just more lies and crap from you. You can't be trusted nor believed on anything.
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We had a chair like that too boss. It was on the green mile. Mr Jingles didn't like it... Lynch is telling the.... hey why is that rabbit riding a motorcycle! Never mind it's just a napkin but anyway's Lynch seems to know about these chairs.
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Lynch the liar wrote:
There hasn't been a death penalty in MA since 1984. And when we had it in 84 it was brief, the law signed by King was struck by the SJC.
Calling BS on you sitting across from old smokey in Walpole. Just more lies and crap from you. You can't be trusted nor believed on anything.
The chair sat in the basement of Walpole across from the intake cell. You are wrong! This is a fact!
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About the closest you've come to an electric chair is when you jump on your moms Hoveround and make laps around the kitchen.

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