A Brooklyn man imprisoned for more than two decades for a 1995 Clinton Hill murder was released Tuesday after a judge overturned his conviction — citing the work of two disgraced Brooklyn detectives in the case as the reason for her judgment.
Eliseo DeLeon was all smiles as he walked free — hugging family members and other men whose convictions have been overturned based on the detective work of Louis Scarcella and his partner Stephen Chmil. The partners, who were known in the ’80s and ’90s for securing confessions and making arrests in tough cases, have been discredited over the past few years for allegedly securing false confessions and manufacturing photo lineups.
“This is what we worked for. We worked for freedom,” DeLeon told reporters after he walked out of the courtroom, a free man.