In many of my previous blogs I have written about the early investigation of the alleged crime scene. This immediate investigation is even more important in recent years with the proliferation of surveillance videos, both official and private surveillance cameras.
Recently I spoke about a case in which one of my client’s was falsely accused of sexual assault on the sidewalk of an Elizabeth Street, not far from a city police surveillance video camera. The charges of sexual assault were dropped by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office when an examination of the alleged site, by me, in which the assault allegedly occurred, revealed a police video camera, not far from the alleged assault. Upon this discovery a notice to the police to perverse the video, and their failure to do so, resulted in all charges being dropped.
On June 17, 2011 it was reported that a narcotics detective, Payano, assigned to undercover detective work in the Bronx, New York, was charged with perjury in claiming to have witness a hand-to-hand narcotics transaction which never occurred. The dishonest cop was exposed when the defense attorney brought to the attention of the Bronx D.A., evidence from the private surveillance camera that the detective had lied about what he alleged so, in fact, he was not even at the scene. As a result all of the criminal charges had been dropped by the Bronx D.A., and the dishonest detective was indicted in a 64 count indictment for preparing a false police report and perjury.
Law Office of Vincent J. Sanzone, Jr., Esq.
Dated: June 21, 2011