ECBAWM’s Wrongful Conviction Work Reported in the New York Times
- August 2, 2012
ECBAWM’s civil rights work on behalf of Israel Vasquez, who was wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for nearly 13 years for a 1995 homicide, was reported in a front-page article in the New York Times. In 1995, Mr. Vasquez was jointly indicted with five others for two separate homicides, that of a taxi driver and a Federal Express worker. He spent over a decade in prison before his conviction was unanimously vacated by an appellate court. The five others who were charged along with Mr. Vasquez remain incarcerated, and a federal investigation has now revealed that none of these individuals had any involvement with the taxi driver homicide. In a joint statement with co-counsel, Earl S. Ward stated, “It was in pursuing Israel Vasquez’s civil rights claims that it became obvious to us that everyone who was convicted in both of these crimes was innocent.” Mr. Vasquez is represented by ECBAWM’s Earl S. Ward and Eisha Jain, along with co-counsel Julia Kuan of Romano & Kuan, PLLC.