Fri August 3, 2012
DeJac pressing state for redemption
Nearly five years after a judge overturned her wrongful murder conviction, Lynn DeJac still has not been compensated for the lengthy prison sentence she served.
In 2007, DeJac was the first woman in the U.S. set free based on DNA.
DeJac was convicted in 1994 of strangling her 13-year-old daughter Crystallynn Girard.
But modern testing of long-lost evidence linked the killing to DeJac's former boyfriend Dennis Donahue.
Attorney Steven Cohen says State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman keeps touting his newly created "Wrongful Convictions Bureau" to quickly settle cases. But in a written letter Cohen was told it doesn't apply to DeJac because she has a lawyer.
"No other claimant has ever had their newborn children taken from them at birth by the state of New York," Cohen said.
DeJac's 8-year-old son also was placed in foster care. She was sexually assaulted and threatened constantly in prison.
If the state won't settle, DeJac told reporters yesterday she'll go through a trial if she has to.
Donahue was never charged. And Crystallynn's death is listed as accidental due to drug overuse and blunt force trauma.
Cohen says settlement negotiations with the state went no-where. And it's been more than a year since he's heard anything from the Attorney General's office.