Here’s a look at opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Jeffrey Deskovic: Editorial
We comment on news that Westchester County will provide Jeffrey Deskovic a $6.5 million settlement, who spent 16 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit. We write:
The only downside to the $6.5 million settlement the Westchester County Board of Legislators approved late Monday for Jeffrey Deskovic, who spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit, is that the agreement denies the public a full hearing on the wrongful conduct and sloppy work that helped convict Deskovic, who was still behind bars when the real killer later struck again.
That public accounting could still come as the settlement only disposes of civil actions against Westchester and the county officials involved in the Deskovic case; unresolved are claims against Peekskill police officers who investigated the 1989 rape and murder of 15-year-old Angela Correa, ultimately coercing a false confession from Deskovic. He later disavowed the confession, but to no avail.
Deskovic was just 17 years old when a jury convicted him of strangling his Peekskill High classmate. Now 37 years old, Deskovic was released from prison in 2006, after new DNA testing linked another inmate to Correa’s death. Stephen Cunningham, already behind bars for the 1993 murder of another Peekskill resident, 40-year-old Patricia Morrison, subsequently admitted that he killed Correa, too. …
Giving House: Reisman
Phil Reisman profiles Giving House, a Crestwood-based charity and its efforts to support the Yonkers Partners in Education program.
Motorcycle safety: Commentary
Gregory Webb, a New City resident who is a lifetime member of the American Motorcyclist Association, comments on the need for better training for motorcyclists.
Here’s what our colleagues at newspapers across the state are saying today:
More tax cuts aren’t the answer: Editorial, Albany Times Union
Republicans should keep pledge on redistricting: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Honest redistricting: Editorial, The Buffalo News
Hope, not much audacity: Editorial, Daily News
Obama leaves out the details: Editorial, Newsday
More to do in Albany: Editorial, Times Herald-Record