Bellamy v. City of New York

Brief for Amici Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Innocence Network, and Innocence Project in Support of Appellant and Reversal. 

Brief filed: 10/02/2017


Bellamy v. City of New York

2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 17-1859

Prior Decision

On appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of new York, No. 1:12cv-01025-AMD-PK before the Honorable Ann Donnelly.


The district court's decision unfairly deprives wrongfully convicted individuals of the opportunity to pursue much-needed compensation and improperly immunizes municipalities for district attorneys' misconduct. The district court's decision ignores New York State policy to deter municipalities from violating criminal defendants' constitutional rights.

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Ross E. Firsenbaum, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, New York, NY; Richard D. Willstatter, NACDL, White Plains, NY.