David H. Perecman, a Veteran New York Personal Injury Lawyer, Sues New York City for Wrong Imprisonment

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The Civil Rights Court Case seeks restitution for unlawful jail time served in New York State.

David H. Perecman, a veteran personal injury lawyer from New York City and co-founder of the personal injury law firm of Perecman & Fanning, filed suit in April against New York City on behalf of a woman who spent unlawful jail time in New York State and was wrongly imprisoned at Riker's Island Penitentiary for four years.

The civil rights court case, number 24709/07, filed in Queens County, claims that Lourdes Torres, a 31-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico with a very low IQ, was forced to give a confession to detectives regarding a murder of her lover that she did not commit. In January, almost four years after DNA evidence pointed to other killers and after defense attorney Edward Sapone took Ms. Torres' criminal case, the Queens' District Attorney dropped murder charges against her.

Mr. Sapone consulted with Mr. Perecman, one of the top personal injury lawyers in New York City, and recommended the court case to him for a civil suit.

In April, Mr. Perecman filed a civil action against New York City based on claims of wrongful imprisonment and failing to follow up on DNA and other evidence leading to the real murderers. Mr. Perecman is asking for $20 million on behalf of his client who served unlawful jail time in New York State.

"This is an egregious case of a coerced confession and New York City detectives not following up on available evidence that could have led to the real murder," says Mr. Perecman. "Ms. Torres spent four years behind bars unjustly and now she is seeking justice for her cause."

Perecman & Fanning's reputation as a high-quality personal injury law firm has been built on 25 years of representing victims of accidents and other injustices throughout New York City. The dedicated lawyers at Perecman & Fanning doggedly advocate for victims of various accidents and their families to make sure that they recover for their injuries and their suffering.

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For the past 25 years, Mr. Perecman of Perecman & Fanning has championed all types of personal injury cases, including cases involving unlawful jail time in New York State. Mr. Perecman, one of the top personal injury lawyers in New York City, has recovered millions of dollars for his clients over the course of his career, with $25 million in verdicts and settlements in the last year alone. Among his more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict for an injured construction worker. Mr. Perecman's depth of expertise in civil rights court cases and breadth of knowledge are widely recognized, while his record and reputation speak for themselves.


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