Panel Named to Review Werzberger Detective’s Cases

NEW YORK (AP) -

A panel of former prosecutors, professors and retired judges will review dozens of trial convictions associated with a retired city police detective whose work may have sent innocent men to prison.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced Monday that the group will be led by former administrative judge Robert Keating, and they will review about 50 cases worked by detective Louis Scarcella. Prosecutors began casting a critical eye at Scarcella’s work after a judge threw out the conviction of the man accused of killing Rabbi Chatzkel Werzberger, Hy”d, a shamash in the Satmar shul in Williamsburg, 23 years ago.