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Albert Cleary Testimony

By john | November 14, 2020

  The bulk of the trial testimony came from Albert Cleary, who told detectives several different stories before incriminating John. Albert told the jury that he and Angel DiPietro left John’s house at some point on the morning of October 12th and walked back to his house. He testified that he and Angel went to … Read more

John Avitto Testimony

By john | November 14, 2020

  John Avitto, a drug addict and predicate felon, was incarcerated with John in early 2005. At the time, Avitto was thirty- five and in for a burglary charge, which would eventually result in his 18th conviction (at least). Unbeknownst to John and his attorneys, he’d also recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia. John’s lawyers were … Read more

Anthony Beharry Testimony

By john | November 14, 2020

    Anthony Beharry was a friend of John’s and also lived in the neighborhood. Like Lauren, he wasn’t at the party. But he testified that in the days that followed, John contacted him and asked him to help get rid of the gun. This, despite the fact that Antonio Russo had apparently hinted to … Read more

Angel DiPietro Testimony

By john | November 14, 2020

  Angel DiPietro, who is now an assistant district attorney in the very office that once called her an “uncooperative witness”, is a crucial character in this story, despite efforts to minimize her role. Her testimony reflects these efforts; she knew nothing, saw nothing, remembered no details, and took herself out of the equation at … Read more

Lauren Calciano Testimony

By john | November 14, 2020

Lauren Calciano was, at the time, John Giuca’s girlfriend. Lauren was not at the party, however she testified that she went over to John’s house during the day on October 12th. She stated that Albert Cleary was also present, and that John told both of them that the following evening, Antonio Russo came up to … Read more

Rogue Brooklyn Prosecutor Could Soon Face a Day of Reckoning

By john | May 26, 2020

Rogue Brooklyn Prosecutor Could Soon Face a Day of Reckoning by THEODORE HAMM THE INDYPENDENT   Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi never lost a homicide case. But evidence is mounting that the star prosecutor won some of her cases by concealing evidence and other unethical practices. Throughout the pandemic, advocates have expressed continued frustration regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s unwillingness … Read more

Attorney for John Giuca Says Court of Appeals Was Misled Before Denying New Murder Trial

By john | August 7, 2019

Attorney for John Giuca Says Court of Appeals Was Misled Before Denying New Murder Trial by Dan M. Clark New York Law Journal (Online) An attorney for John Giuca, a Brooklyn man who has claimed for more than a decade that he was falsely accused of murdering a New Jersey college student, said in a … Read more

NY Court of Appeals Set to Eye Alleged Withholding of Evidence in Murder Trial of John Giuca

By john | April 26, 2019

NY Court of Appeals Set to Eye Alleged Withholding of Evidence in Murder Trial of John Giuca   by Dan M. Clark New York Law Journal (Online) The state’s highest court will hear arguments next week on whether John Giuca, a Brooklyn man convicted more than a decade ago of murdering a New Jersey college … Read more

Prosecutorial Misconduct

By john | March 14, 2019

Prosecutorial Misconduct “A prosecutor may ‘strike hard blows, but he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one.” –Berger v. United States “It is my … Read more

The Case

By john | March 13, 2019

The Wrongful Prosecution of John Giuca 1. The Murder On Saturday, October 11, 2003, college student Mark Fisher went out with some friends on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. At a bar, he ran into Angel DiPietro, a classmate from Fairfield University, who was out with some of her friends, including a girl named … Read more

Summary

By john | March 13, 2019

John Giuca has been wrongfully imprisoned since Dec. 21, 2004 My count upCountup In September of 2003, John Giuca was a college student, studying Criminal Justice at the prestigious John Jay University in New York City. But just two years later, his life would grind to a screeching halt when he was sentenced to 25-years … Read more

2018.06.06 – Supplement to June 12 2018 motion

By Mark Scetta | June 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Despite Recanting Witness, Judge Rejects ‘Grid Kid Killer’ Appeal

By john | June 10, 2016

Despite Recanting Witness, Judge Rejects ‘Grid Kid Killer’ Appeal by Hella Winston Gothamist   The witness that helped convict John Giuca for the murder of Mark Fisher in 2003 had a strong motive to cooperate and has since recanted, but that was not enough to sway a Brooklyn judge to order a new trial. Yesterday Justice Danny … Read more

Did The Brooklyn DA Frame An Innocent Man For A College Student’s Murder?

By john | January 8, 2016

Did The Brooklyn DA Frame An Innocent Man For A College Student’s Murder? by Hella Winston Gothamist   It’s not every day that a 27-year veteran of the NYPD openly contradicts a prosecutor and admits under oath that he was “not sure if I believed anything” about a key conversation relayed by a jailhouse informant … Read more

The Giuca Case, and the Prosecutor’s Willful Blindness to the Truth

By john | December 11, 2015

The Giuca Case, and the Prosecutor’s Willful Blindness to the Truth Bennett L. Gershman, Contributor Professor of Law, Elizabeth Haub Law School, Pace University The Huffington Post It was a sensational New York murder trial – the Grid Kid Slaying – in which two young men, John Giuca and Antonio Russo, alleged members of a … Read more

Original ‘Grid Kid Slayer’ attorney admits he was in dark about witness’ mental illness, crucial lie

By john | December 10, 2015

Original ‘Grid Kid Slayer’ attorney admits he was in dark about witness’ mental illness, crucial lie by Christina Carrega NY Daily News   The original trial attorney who represented the convicted “Grid Kid Slayer” conceded he was not aware that the prosecution’s key witness suffered from mental illness and admitted to fabricating stories to get … Read more

A murder, two moms and a mess

By john | November 25, 2015

A murder, two moms and a mess   by Harry Siegel NY Daily News It’s Thanksgiving, so here’s a story about mothers and sons. It starts in 2003, when 19-year-old college student Mark Fisher made his first solo trip to NYC. He met a fellow student, Angel DiPietro, at an Upper East Side bar and … Read more

Lead prosecutor in ‘Grid Kid’ murder case didn’t disclose she appeared in court on behalf of troubled witness

By john | November 24, 2015

Lead prosecutor in ‘Grid Kid’ murder case didn’t disclose she appeared in court on behalf of troubled witness by Christina Carrega NY Daily News   The lead prosecutor who presented testimony from a diagnosed bi-polar schizophrenic to convict the “Grid Kid Slayer” did not disclose that she appeared in court on behalf of the troubled … Read more

Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson Passes On a Chance to Right a Potential Wrongful Conviction

By john | July 10, 2015

Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson Passes On a Chance to Right a Potential Wrongful Conviction Key evidence was withheld and changed from defendant in high-profile murder case by Hella Winston Observer   Convicted: John Giuca (Photo: Youtube) Back in January, after his Conviction Review Unit (CRU) had completed a yearlong re-examination of the state’s case against … Read more

Did an Ambitious Prosecutor Convict the Wrong Man for the Killing of Mark Fisher?

By john | September 24, 2014

Did an Ambitious Prosecutor Convict the Wrong Man for the Killing of Mark Fisher? by Hella Winston Observer   In 2010, New York magazine published a highly sympathetic profile of Brooklyn homicide prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi, who was at the time prosecuting a case involving the murder of a 47-year-old, male freelance radio journalist by a 16-year-old boy … Read more