Bronx Backlog Nightmare: Seven Years After Their Arrests, Two Jailed Men Are Still Awaiting Trial

February 24, 2019 Kevin Deutsch 0

navigate here Two men accused in a 2012 murder have spent nearly seven years on Rikers Island and other pre-trial detention facilities–their incarceration a striking example of the case backlog plaguing the Bronx judicial system. Craig Whitefield, 44, and Alonzo Johnson, 41, are accused of killing Jose Andujar and robbing Angel Mangual at the Edenwald Houses, the Bronx’s largest public housing project, in April 2012.

Exclusive: NYPD Plans to Use Controversial “Rapid DNA” Technology as Early as 2019

February 22, 2019 Kevin Deutsch 0

The NYPD plans to begin using Rapid DNA—a controversial technology that provides near-instantaneous test results on human genetic samples without the need for laboratories—as early as this year, Bronx Justice News has learned. The department is working closely with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to implement the plan, NYPD officials recently told a state subcommittee.

Bronx Nonprofit Director Sentenced For Stealing Money Meant For Kids

February 21, 2019 Sasha Gonzales 0

The longtime director of a Bronx youth group was sentenced to a year in jail for stealing thousands of dollars in federal funds meant to help middle-school kids, prosecutors said. Earnestine Russell, 69, who had served as executive director of the Baychester Youth Council since the 1980s, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Bronx Supreme Court.