FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

No Death Penalty for Brooklyn Cops’ Murder

September 16, 2004  | 

Prosecutors say they cannot seek an execution for the slaying of two Brooklyn police detectives killed last week because no capital punishment law is currently in place in the state of New York.

A June ruling by New York’s Supreme Court said the state’s death penalty law was flawed. But no new law has been passed to replace it, creating an effective moratorium on capital punishment.

“There is no viable death penalty in New York right now,” said the Brooklyn district attorney Charles J. Hynes, through a spokesperson.

Prosecutors told Judge William L. McGuire Jr. of Criminal Court that they would not seek the death penalty for Marlon Legere, 28, but would instead file first-degree murder charges against him for the deaths of the two detectives. The judge agreed execution was not a viable option.

Some police officers are upset the death penalty is not an option in this case. “If anything was a capital case, this was,” says Patrick J. Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

Request more info about this product / service / company


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.
Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine