NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. is proud to announce that the New York Court of Appeals has reinstated its client's false arrest and malicious prosecution lawsuit against four NYC detectives, The City of New York, and The New York City Police Department. Maria De Lourdes Torres was jailed four years in Rikers Island on murder charges that were eventually dismissed. The court's decision yesterday allows for Ms. Torres' false arrest and malicious prosecution case to move to trial.
In 2002, Ms. Torres was charged for murder in the stabbing death of a friend whom she was romantically involved with. The charges were based on a confession that Torres argues was fabricated and she was coerced into signing. The confession was later found to contradict physical evidence and DNA evidence found at the crime scene. According to accusations, these and other contradictions should have raised too much doubt to allow the detectives to believe Ms. Torres committed the crime.
Ms. Torres' charges were not dismissed until 2007, at which point she filed a lawsuit. Yesterday's decision by the New York Court of Appeals reverses the lower court's decision and allows these issues to be determined at trial.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. is a New York City law firm that represents plaintiffs in civil rights violation cases such as false arrests, wrongful convictions, and wrongful imprisonments. You can learn more about our civil rights practice at http://www.perecman.com/civil-rights/ or by calling (215) 577-9325.
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