An appellate court panel has upheld an Albany County Supreme Court ruling that the state’s Board of Parole was within its rights to reconsider the parole of Shu'aib A. Raheem after hearing new testimony from the victim’s family members.
It would appear that despite every effort an inmate has made while incarcerated, the victim's impact statement has become the single overriding factor which can keep an inmate in prison.
The full text of the decision from the Appellate Department, Third Division may be found here.
Uphold withdrawal of parole for cop-killer after family objects (Chief Leader, November 6 2009).
Cop killer's parole gets put on hold (NY Daily News, October 30 2009).