December 01, 2008

Update on Shu'aib A. Raheem's rescission hearing

Update on the September 5th rescission hearing of Shu'aib A. Raheem, from the Prison Action Network:

"Shu'aib was represented by NYC lawyer Lawrence Stern, who has been representing him since doing his trial appeal years ago. The judge denied Shu'aib Raheem's petition on the grounds that the Parole Board is empowered to reconsider its parole decisions without regard to time limits and the underlying rationale as long as the victims did not take advantage of the opportunities afforded them prior to the decision to make impact statements. His lawyer has filed a Notice of Appeal to the Appellate Division, 3rd Dept. The appeal will take several months, and the reconsideration hearing has been postponed until the appeal is decided."

(The Parole Board's approval of the release of Shu'aib A. Raheem was the turning point that led the State to withdraw from the tentative settlement in the Graziano v. Pataki case and precipitated this rescission hearing for Mr. Raheem.)