59-Year-Old Man Who Spent More Twenty Years Prison on a Wrongful Conviction Dies After Filing a Multi-Million Lawsuit Against New York City, Parker Waichman comments

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At the time of his death, William Lopez was hoping to reconnect with his adult daughter who was an infant when her father was wrongfully imprisoned; his wife is expected to be certified as estate holder and to proceed with the lawsuit.

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“As people continue to be wrongly convicted and punished for crimes they did not commit, a deplorable trend is put in place,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm long dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals comments on news of the death of a man from New York who spent more than 20 years in prison for a wrongful murder conviction. William Lopez died just after filing a $124 million lawsuit against the City of New York, according to a September 22, 2014 report by Reuters.

In 1989, Mr. Lopez was convicted of shooting a suspected drug dealer. In 2013, a federal judge tossed out the conviction over faulty evidence and the recanting of a witness’ testimony, Reuters reported. Mr. Lopez died this weekend at the age of 55 following complications from an asthma attack. The case is William Lopez v. David L. Miller, Superintendent, Eastern Correctional Facility in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York (Case No. 02–CV–3988 [NGG][LB]) filed on January 16, 2013.

Parker Waichman LLP continues to fight to protect the rights of individuals who have been wrongfully convicted and is concerned about the growing number of wrongful convictions that are being discovered.

In June, Lopez filed a $124 million lawsuit against New York City. His allegations included malicious prosecution and the violation of his constitutional rights. He was due for a conference in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn this week and the proceedings have been postponed while Mr. Lopez's widow, Alice, is established as the estate holder, according to the Reuters report. Once established, Mrs. Lopez may proceed with the lawsuit on the behalf of her husband. Meanwhile, Mr. Lopez had been working to reconnect with his adult daughter who was just a year old when her father was imprisoned.

“As people continue to be wrongly convicted and punished for crimes they did not commit, a deplorable trend is put in place,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “Nothing replaces lost time and freedom, broken careers, and the loss of loved ones.”

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims who suffered injustice, including wrongful convictions. If you or a loved one were forced into a false conviction, were wrongfully convicted, or spent time in jail or prison for a crime you or your loved one did not commit, please contact the Firm by visiting yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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