Fernando Bermudez

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Fernando Bermudez (born February 13, 1969) is a New York City resident who was convicted, and later acquitted, in 1992 of murdering a teenage boy in New York City's Greenwich Village neighborhood. He is currently a guest speaker for the Innocence Project.

Bermudez was the accused gunman in an August 1991 shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy outside a nightclub after an altercation. Eyewitnesses identified Bermudez from police photographs and then a lineup. However, four of Bermudez' friends testified that he was with them, miles away, at the time of the crime; friends of the boy who was killed also said Bermudez wasn't the shooter. No forensic evidence linked him to the crime.[1]

Ultimately, Bermudez was convicted and sentenced to serve 23 years to life in prison. However, five eyewitnesses to the alleged crime later recanted,[2] and he was acquitted[3] in 2009, on actual innocence grounds,[4] after serving 18 years in prison.

Media outlets in the New York City area covered the Bermudez case from 2007 throughout his acquittal. He was represented by attorney Barry Pollack, who successfully acquitted Martin Tankleff of murder charges in 2007.

In 2011, Bermudez filed suit against the City of New York for $30 million.[5]

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  1. ^ Peltz, Jennifer (12 November 2009). "Fernando Bermudez Wrongfully Jailed For 18 Years, Finally Gets Justice". Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ van Zielbauer, Paul (23 June 2007). "Recanted Testimony Fails to Overturn Conviction in a 1991 Murder". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Eligon, John (13 November 2009). "Man Jailed for ’91 Murder Is Cleared by Judge". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "Bermudez Bio". Archived from the original on 2011-12-30. 
  5. ^ Straus, Julie. "Wrongfully Convicted man Sues New York for $30 Million".