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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 21, 2012

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Eric Friedman
(212) 382-6754

Kathryn Inman
(212) 382-6656

Statement of City Bar President Carey R. Dunne on Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s Expansion of the Videotaping of Interrogations

The New York City Bar Association applauds Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s decision to expand the videotaping of interrogations to all 76 precincts in the city. The recording of interrogations is among several initiatives the Association has recommended to reduce the incidence of wrongful convictions.  These include clarification of claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, ensuring complete disclosure of exculpatory material, and amending C.P.L. § 440(1) to codify actual innocence claims in New York. Commissioner Kelly’s decision will help ensure the integrity of our criminal justice system.

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The New York City Bar Association (www.nycbar.org), since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law and providing service to the profession and the public.  The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged.  Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.