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$18,592,000 - 9th largest general verdict and largest civil rights verdict in New York State  in 2010.

Alan Newton was released from prison on July 6, 2006, after more than twenty-two years of incarceration for a rape and assault that DNA testing proved he did not commit.  

For twelve of those years, Newton repeatedly requested access to a rape kit that contained the ultimately exonerating DNA to no avail - not because Newton was not entitled to the rape kit, but because the New York City Police Department could not find it.  The jury, after a 3 and ½ week trial, awarded Mr. Newton a total of $18 million in damages against the City of New York for 12 years of wrongful incarceration; the jury also awarded Mr. Newton $500,000 and $92,000 against two senior police officers for separately “intentionally inflicting emotional distress” upon Mr. Newton. 

Welcome. Please browse my website for information regarding my law practice. I have extensive experience in handling complex civil litigation involving:

- serious personal injury
- wrongful death
- civil rights violations
- product failure
- medical malpractice
- aircraft disasters

I pride myself on achieving extraordinary results. I accept only a small number of clients so that I can devote substantial personal attention to each matter. 

I have been selected as one of the top attorneys in the New York Metropolitan area by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. 


Law Office of John F. Schutty, P.C.

445 Park Avenue, 9th Floor

New York, New York 10022

Phone:   (212) 836-4796    

Fax:   (917) 591-5980