Robbery Victim Held In Rikers Jail For 2 Years Without Being Convicted Of A Crime

Russell Hernandez was robbed by two gang members in New York City, but he ended up spending more time in jail than his attackers. Hernandez was held for two years on Rikers Island to make sure he testified against the perpetrators. In the end, he didn’t even testify at trial. The two gang members pleaded guilty and received 5 years probation, according to The New York Daily News.  This week, the News reports that Hernandez was awarded a $1 million settlement from the city for his troubles…

The Bronx case is similar to that of Benito Vazquez Hernandez. The Oregon man was held for 900 days in jail because prosecutors wanted him to testify in a murder trial, WWLP reported last week…

Both stories are reminiscent of last year’s New Yorker feature about a 17-year-old who was held at Rikers for three years after he was accused, but never convicted, of stealing a backpack.

7 thoughts on “Robbery Victim Held In Rikers Jail For 2 Years Without Being Convicted Of A Crime

    • “The best prophet of the future is the past.” Lord Byron

      “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence.” Paul Simon

      “Jesters do often prove prophets.” Joseph Addison

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      • I adore your quotes, though let it be clear that it was not me who wrote on the walls and halls, I would never do commit such an act of violence. At least, not anymore. I remember writing some prophecies on bathroom walls and in toilet stalls, but that was many years ago. Are you, by any chance, in the possession of quotes on The False Prophet (please, not any biblical ones as I have grown rather weary of them). And keep on blogging in a free world – The False Prophet.

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    • Writing on the bathroom wall isn’t violent — sometimes, you can find very useful information there. (Or maybe even a dirty limerick.) Unfortunately, I haven’t made it over to your Mount Olympus to discover your writings, but it’s on my list of things I need to do.

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