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Rikers Island visitor falsely accused of trying to smuggle in drugs

Abuse against pretrial detainees transferred from Rikers Island

Attorney Steven Goldman represents plaintiffs of a civil suit who were wrongly transferred to the Albany County Correctional Facility from Rikers Island and brutally mistreated once they arrived. Find more news on this case below:

  • New York Times | Beaten and Left in Solitary Confinement, He Thought He Would Die
    • Goldman & Associates is proud to announce a settlement in a major case in which New York City and Albany both agreed to pay damages to 4 plaintiffs who were transferred from NYC custody to Albany, then brutally beaten and improperly held in solitary confinement for lengthy periods of time. The settlement also includes injunctive relief whereby NYC agrees not to transfer any more inmates to Albany for the next 2 years, and Albany agrees not to accept any more NYC inmates for the 2 years thereafter. Finally, NYC agrees to give every inmate being transferred on an SJO to a facility outside NYC with a form detailing their various rights, something that was notably missing to the 4 plaintiffs in our case. Steven Goldman had the following to say about the conclusion of the lawsuit: "For too long the NYC Department of Corrections would simply take young people that they didn't want to deal with any longer, throw them on a bus and take them up to Albany. In Albany the young people were systematically and brutally beaten, then falsely charged with violating jail protocol and placed in solitary for the duration of their stay in Albany. All of the plaintiffs were badly injured, and one of them suffered lasting injury to his prostate. Our lawsuit held the City and Albany responsible for the reprehensible treatment of these young people, and will insure that such mistreatment will not be repeated.

Attorney Goldman Featured in Local News

Attorney Goldman Featured in Local News

Bookshelf with booksThe Case of William Hallowell

In 2008, Goldman defended William "Billy" Hallowell, who was accused of writing a threatening email and including bizarre sexual imagery to his boss, who was the head librarian at a posh prep school in Riverdale. When the police showed up at Billy's home, he showed them that the e-mail did not come from his e-mail account. In fact, the address on the e-mail was different from Billy's. Ignoring the evidence that all pointed to someone else, the police arrested him anyway. Thus began Billy's nightmare in the criminal justice system.

After getting the criminal case dismissed, Goldman brought suit in federal court for false arrest against the City of New York and the NYPD. The case gained significant regional and national media attention. In 2008, it was featured in the New York Times on July 10, 2008 and on November 20, 2008, in the New York Post on July 10, 2008 and on November 21, 2008, and in the New York Daily News on July 9, 2008 and on November 21, 2008. Articles about the case can also be found in The Gothamist and New York Magazine, and on national radio 1010 WINS.

The case also received television coverage on Channel 12 Westchester.

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