Witness’ Recantation of Identification Leads to Dismissal of Murder Charges Against Bronx Youth

Mr. Sosinsky represented a young man who was indicted in connection with the stabbing death of the son of a New York City police officer killed in the course of a clash between two large groups of youths in the northeast Bronx. The key witness against our client allegedly told police that he had seen him fatally stab the decedent and then dispose of the murder weapon in a nearby location. Based on the defense investigation, however, the circumstances surrounding the witness’ identification showed that it was borne out of police misconduct, not the witness’ actual observations. The witness recanted his identification at pretrial suppression hearings and the prosecutor was forced to dismiss the charges.