- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Seven people wrongfully convicted of crimes ranging from fraud to murder, and the widow of another victim of injustice, are lobbying for legislation to establish a commission to sanction prosecutors for misconduct.

The victims say the errors by district attorneys and staff prosecutors included hiding evidence that would have exonerated them.

Most spent years in prison.

Assemblyman Nick Perry, a Bronx Democrat, has sponsored legislation to establish the commission, along with Sen. John DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican.

Perry says the bills advanced last year and they will push to enact them this year as part of criminal justice reform.

Advocates say many prosecutors want justice and would likely back a new commission similar to the one that oversees judges’ conduct.


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