Brooklyn DA Exonerates 14th Convict Since Taking Office


A man found guilty of murder in 2009 has become the 14th person to have his conviction overturned by the Brooklyn district attorney’s office since he took office in 2014.

Joel Fowler was freed Tuesday. He was convicted of murdering a 24-year-old man in 2008 and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. But, Mark Hale, co-chief of DA Kenneth Thompson’s office’s Conviction Review Unit asked the court to vacate his conviction over “multifaceted confluence of issues,” including ineffective counsel, an unreliable witness and a false confession from a frightened Fowler.

Hale says Fowler was nowhere near the incident.