Citing Misconduct, Lawyer Seeks Review of Conviction in ’03 Brooklyn Killing
The murder riveted New York City and stymied detectives for months: What chance meetings and turns of fate led Mark Fisher, a photogenic 19-year-old college football player from New Jersey, to end up shot dead on a quiet Brooklyn street, his body wrapped in a yellow blanket?
More than eight years after two young men Mr. Fisher had met during a midautumn night of barhopping and partying in 2003 were convicted in his killing, a lawyer for one of the men, John Giuca, is preparing to ask the new Brooklyn district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, to overturn his client’s conviction. Mr. Giuca’s lawyer, Mark Bederow, said in an interview that he planned to cite what he called serious flaws in the trial and misconduct by prosecutors.
Mr. Bederow also pointed to conflicts of interest involving the district attorney at the time, Charles J. Hynes, who last year lost a re-election bid to Mr. Thompson amid reports he had presided over a series of wrongful murder convictions and a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct in his office.