‘Activist’ Judge Wants Immediate End to Rightful Convictions
Published August 2nd, 2015
ALBANY – Victor Grool could not believe his good fortune.
The notorious seven-time violent felon from the Capital Region was serving 50 years to life in Attica Correctional Facility for kidnapping, murder and graffiti when his lawyer, Mopsey Divitt, informed Grool he could leave prison and return to Albany to resume his criminal career.
The 40-year-old life-long thug’s “Get-Out-of-Jail-Free” card came courtesy of a pilot program advanced by Jonathan Lippman, the far left-leaning chief judge of the state of New York.
“This rocks!” Grool told reporters as he spoke on his new cell phone. “I’m driving straight to the Capital Region now.”
Lippman reasoned that to end the scourge of wrongful convictions, the state must first purge itself of rightful convictions so every defendant can get a fair chance at justice. Lippman issued 50 "Get Out of Jail Free" cards to the names of inmates pulled out of a hat he claimed — symbolically at least — belonged to Lady Justice.
As he delivered the keynote address during the annual meeting of the I Swear I’m Not Guilty Project — a spinoff of the highly successful Innocence Project, which has used DNA to exonerate some 330 wrongfully charged people nationwide — Lippman urged state lawmakers to pass "meaningful legislation to keep future victims of rightful convictions from becoming statistics."
He said it would be "cool" if Gov. Andrew Cuomo also pardoned his good pal Sheldon Silver, the former state Assembly Speaker now facing bribery charges.
“Even one rightfully convicted person is one too many,” Lippman said.
“I totally agree!” eight attorneys from the upper west side of Manhattan responded in unison.
The state District Attorneys Association, every police agency in the United States, the majority of far-right tough-on-crime Republicans and disgraced Los Angeles police detective Mark Furman of O.J. Simpson-fame all adamantly oppose Lippman’s plan.
As she held back tears, former prosecutor and Headline News legal commentator Nancy Grace said: "In this great country of ours, sir, anyone accused of a crime is absolutely 100-percent guilty until proven guilty.”