Joe Salvati of Boston spent nearly 30 years in prison as an innocent man, along with three other men, convicted for a murder they did not commit. After years of legal twists and some unbelievable turns, the Justice Department declined an appeal of a $101.7 million settlement for all four men. Attorney and co-host Bob Ambrogi welcomes Attorney Victor J. Garo, Joe Salvati’s lawyer for more than 30 years and Attorney and Journalist Dan Rea, to discuss one of the worst cases of injustice and wrongful imprisonment. They talk about Federal Judge Nancy Gertner’s ruling and her criticism of the FBI, the power of the press, reaction to this bittersweet victory and fighting to the end for your client.
Joe Salvati, of Boston, was an innocent man who spent 30 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Legal researchers say this case is the longest, intentional wrongful imprisonment in the nation’s history. Listen to this LegalTalkNetwork Special Report with Salvati’s attorney, Victor Garo, who has led the long legal journey for justice, uncovering hidden evidence, and exposing false testimony from an FBI mob informant, Joe ‘The Animal’ Barboza. You’ll hear about legal twists and turns that sound like a movie plot. But it is real. Garo proved Salvati’s innocence to free him from prison, and now continues the battle in Federal Court in a civil suit for more than $100 million dollars against the government. Listen to this unbelievable story and hear how Attorney Garo and Boston reporter, Dan Rea, have kept the light shining on a miscarriage of justice.
When does the justice system realistically exhaust all efforts to determine if a conviction is correct? Or is there no limit? Its a provocative subject that has recently been raised again in the political arena with regard to the Ben Laguer case in Massachusetts, involving a man convicted of a brutal rape in 1984. Join the President of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and Power of Attorney host, Marsha Kazarosian in a discussion with two very special guests:WBZ-TV Reporter and lawyer, Dan Rea and Attorney Michael J. Traft, partner at the Boston firm of Carney & Bassil, P.C.. Both Rea and Traft have a depth of experience in real-life cases in which a conviction is later questioned and in some instances overturned. The Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyers Association have honored Rea for his investigative journalism leading to freedom for Joe Salvati, wrongly convicted of murder and imprisoned for 30 years. Traft is one of the most experienced appellate attorneys in Massachusetts and has represented hundreds of clients in appeal cases in the highest courts of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Traft is also a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court and a member of the executive board of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions.