NYPD Detectives Union backs Scarcella in dismissed pivot case

The city’s detective union has vouched for the work of the disgraced former NYPD detective. Louis Scarcella on Friday, blasting the overturning of a murder conviction against a notorious 1980s crack dealer due to the cop’s tactics.

Detectives’ Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo sent a letter Friday to Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez calling on the prosecutor to appeal Judge Vincent Del Giudice’s Wednesday decision to overturn Sam’s conviction. “Baby Sam” Edmonson, whose drug-dealing crew filled the streets with millions of crack cocaine in the mid-1980s.

Scarcella was accused by a recanting witness of concocting testimony that the witness was at the scene of a murder Edmonson allegedly ordered his own drug-dealing partner, Kenneth Rankin, in 1987 The judge believed the witness – and also said Scarcella’s testimony at a hearing last year was “incredible”.

Edmonson was convicted in 1990 along with two senior associates of murdering Rankin, along with another member of the organization, Willie Maye, in 1988. He was serving a 75-year sentence in the case until Wednesday’s decision .

“The DEA supports the work of Det. Louis Scarcella,” the union said in the letter. “This ridiculous attempt to smear the names and reputations of our members and exonerate the horribly guilty is particularly troubling at this difficult time in our city’s history.

“We implore you to immediately appeal the recent decision … overturning the 1990 murder conviction,” DiGacomo wrote to Gonzalez.

The notorious crack dealer is still charged in that indictment, though it’s unclear whether the Brooklyn prosecutor will appeal the judge’s ruling, try the case again or let Edmonson go free.

The conviction, which relied on dozens of trial witnesses who detailed how the drug organization operated, fell apart after a key eyewitness to Rankin’s murder, Keith Christmas, recanted , claiming that Scarcella and his partner, Detective William Morris, urged him to catch up. testimony. Christmas now claims he was not present at the murder, contradicting his testimony at trial. Christmas says Scarcella and her partner fed him meals and even took him to two women’s homes for sex as they concocted the false story of Rankin’s murder.

Since 2013, more than a dozen cases Scarcella has worked on have been thrown out by Brooklyn judges, resulting in tens of millions in payouts in lawsuits against people wrongfully convicted by the city.

A spokesperson for the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said they are still reviewing Del Giudice’s decision.

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