Fernando Bermudez is Released from Prison

11.20.09

Washington D.C., November 20, 2009 – This afternoon Fernando Bermudez, who is represented by Miller & Chevalier Member Barry Pollack, was released from Sing Sing prison. This followed an order issued by a federal judge on Thursday that Bermudez be released until at least June 30.

Last week Justice John Cataldo of the New York State Supreme Court vacated the conviction of and dismissed the indictment against Fernando Bermudez, who had been serving a 23-years-to-life prison sentence after being wrongly convicted for the murder of Raymond Blount outside of a nightclub in Manhattan in 1991.

Barry Pollack said today, "He has served 18 years for a crime he did not commit, but is finally a free man. He plans to spend the next several days reuniting with friends and relatives.”

For over 18 years, Bermudez maintained his innocence, saying that he did not know Raymond Blount or any of the witnesses who had testified against him at his trial and was not at the nightclub the night of the shooting. After 11 previous unsuccessful attempts to overturn the conviction, Bermudez challenged his conviction based on perjured trial testimony by a cooperating witness and tainted identification procedures.

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CONTACT:
Barry Pollack, Member, White Collar and Internal Investigations Practice, 202-230-9647; bpollack@milchev.com
Laura Miller, Media Relations, Greentarget, 312-252-4104

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