book cover -- photo by Marc Wishengrad

book cover -- photo by Marc Wishengrad



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                                                 MEDIA ALERT
FERNANDO BERMUDEZ: THE WRONG MAN
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WHAT:   A rally organized by the Committee to Free Fernando Bermudez, an
innocent man in prison.
 
WHERE:  One Hogan Place, Downtown Manhattan between Baxter & Centre Sts.
 
WHEN:    Demonstration Mon., Dec. 12 – Tues, Dec. 13,  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
     Press Conferences Dec. 12 and Dec. 13, 12:30 p.m.
 
This protest highlights a New York City case that is attracting nationwide attention and focuses on the issue of innocent people in jail, how they got there and how error can be reduced.  It has been organized by the Committee to Free Fernando Bermudez prior to the airing of “Fernando Bermudez: The Wrong Man?” on Court TV Dec. 14, 8 p.m. Bermudez also appears on the cover of “Innocent: Inside Wrongful Convictions” (New York University Press) by Scott Christianson.
 
Fifty years after the debut of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Wrong Man” based on an innocent man in New York City facing prison, this situation is a reality for Fernando Bermudez and his family. He was arrested at his Washington Heights home in 1991 after witnesses of a late-night Greenwich Village homicide picked his photo out of a pile. All have recanted. The principal witness identified another man as the true shooter (the real perp). Fernando Bermudez remains in jail despite developments indicating he is innocent.
 
The Bermudez family, Bermudez’s alibi witness and others involved in the case will be available for interviews.
 
Protestors will ask Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau to reconsider the case in light of evidence developed since conviction.
 
Yellow arm bands, a reminder of innocent people freed from jail and those still in jail, will be worn and handed out and yellow balloons will be set free, symbolizing exonerations that have occurred.
 
Protestors will read a roll call and fill a banner with the names of hundreds of people found to be innocent after conviction.
           
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Media Contacts:                                                      Spanish-language press:
Claude Solnik                                                           Leonard Macaluso (646)-522-0247
Day: (631) 913-4244/                                               Mickey Garcia (917) 407-0906
Night: (516) 932-6781