14 more old convictions in Brooklyn identified for review

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NEW YORK (AP) – Brooklyn prosecutors examining old homicide cases for improprieties have found 14 more for review.

The newly uncovered cases bring to 71 the number of cases connected to former police detective Louis Scarcella.

The New York Times reports the cases came to light as investigators considered different spellings of Scarcella’s name. Investigators also considered cases on which Scarcella’s longtime partner was listed as the lead detective.

Since taking office in January, District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has intensified the work of his predecessor’s conviction review unit.

He’s re-examining 90 cases from the 1980s and 1990s to determine if there were wrongful convictions.

Most stem from concerns about Scarcella’s investigative tactics. The review so far has resulted in seven convictions being vacated.

Scarcella has denied any wrongdoing.