The Palladium Murder


NY just paid $1.2 million to David Lemus after he spent 14 yrs in prison on a wrongful murder conviction. Is that enough or is that FAR too little?

That's 85k per year for wrongful incarceration. To me, that's unconscionable... Is that all freedom is worth, after 14 years of prison.. 14 missed birthdays, 14 years worth of holidays, graduations, enhancing his own life and watching it grow.. thats all its worth????

Granted, he probably wouldn't have made more than 85k per year if he never went to prison. But what about peace, freedom, safety, love, community and most of all happiness? Can you put a price on the loss of all that?? and $85k a year to boot?

David Lemus and Olmedo Hidalgo were released from prison in 2005 after having served 14 years for a murder that a New York judge found they had been wrongly convicted of. The murder of a Palladium nightclub bouncer in 1990.

Both men were picked out of an police photo book and arrested... why??? it seems because they both had 1 previous arrest each and the police needed 2 suspects. (YOUNG MEN STAY OUT OF THE SYSTEM! THEY USE THOSE MINOR ARRESTS TO PIN YOU WITH MAJOR CRIMES!!!)

Joseph Pillot, who confessed in 1995 to being an accomplice in Palludium killing with Thomas “Spanky” Morales, a fellow member of a Bronx drug gang told police Not only were Lemus and Hidalgo not involved, he said, but he had never seen them before in his life. (yet Lemus and Hidalgo still served another 10 years in jail? WOW)

No one disputes that Hidalgo is innocent, including the office of Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, which, after years of opposition, eventually agreed to defense lawyers’ motion to dismiss his conviction.




And no one disputes that Lemus was wrongly convicted — no one, that is, except the office of Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, which, after 15 years, three investigations, two hearings and one trial, still believes Lemus is guilty and plans to retry him in the murder of Markus Peterson, a bouncer at the Palladium nightclub who was gunned down on Thanksgiving Day 1990.

Now, the assistant district attorney in Morgenthau’s office who argued against freeing Lemus two years ago is going public to say he, too, believes Lemus is innocent.

“I disagreed then and disagree now with the DA’s Office’s effort to retry Lemus,” Daniel L. Bibb wrote last month in a comment on a blog that criticized his role in the 2005 hearing. “And I still lose sleep over this case.”

Even though it was Bibb who stood up in court and argued that Lemus and Hidalgo should not be freed, “I fought tirelessly to convince my superiors that the convictions should be set aside and when I was forced to do a hearing I did everything in my power to insure that the defendants would win their motion to set aside the convictions,” Bibb wrote in the blog commentary.

Nonetheless, Lemus was set to go on trial again Oct. 22 2007, 2 years after his release and on Dec 6, 2007 he was finally acquitted! He sued the state of New York for $50 million, but only received $1.5... umm really NY?

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New Money said...

thats f'd up is all I can say. I had a similar post on my blog re: unlawful arrests. http://monetaryvalues.blogspot.com/2009/12/injustice-served.html

maybe one day the court system will right itself but it wont be in my lifetime

Anonymous said...

The 1.2 Million computes to approximately $235 per day. In Tarrant County and most cities in Texas you can sit out fines or warrants for $100-$150/day.

I worked for over 30 years, and at the top of my field was earning about $50/hr or $400/day. Considering that Lemus had no education or skills I'd think that $235/day was more than fair - plus he got free room and board!

I got interested in this case after watching the Dateline 2-hour show about it. One more reason I'm glad I don't live in New York.

I believe that Lemus has been adequately compensated for the injustice, but what about the detectives (Addolorato and Schwartz) and attorney (Cohen)- were they ever compensated in any way for the disruption and damage done in their lives????

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