The retired detective isn’t speaking to the press now. But he did plenty of times in his career. And he apparently sent innumerable innocent citizens to prison! “Mr. Scarcella, whose investigative work was blamed last year for a wrongful conviction that kept a man in prison for 23 years, was accused of fabricating confessions, coercing witnesses and failing to turn in exculpatory evidence. The most damning pattern in the detective’s cases — uncovered last year by The New York Times — was the use of Teresa Gomez, a crack addict who was a witness in six separate murder cases.”
The newest revelation comes rather late: three brothers, convicted on murder, are declared innocent–one died in prison, one got parole in 2007, and one is finally being released. There are still 57 Scarcella cases being investigated. Imagine?