Brooklyn DA Clears 7th Convict

NEW YORK (AP) -

A judge agreed last Tuesday to toss out a conviction in a 1997 fatal shooting, making it the seventh time this year a defendant has been cleared in an exhaustive reexamination of old homicide cases.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson asked the judge to release Roger Logan based on new evidence turned up by prosecutors’ conviction review unit that weakened the credibility of a purported eyewitness. Following the hearing, Logan, 53, walked out of court a free man after serving nearly 17 years of a 25-years-to-life sentence.

Since taking office in January, Thompson has intensified the work of the review unit, agreeing to re-examine 90 cases from the 1980s and 1990s to determine if there were wrongful convictions. Most stem from concerns about the investigative tactics of now-retired detective Louis Scarcella.

Logan said Scarcella and other detectives framed him in a fatal shooting that stemmed from a dispute. The review turned up old records showing a woman who claimed she had seen Logan at the time had been in police custody.