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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 United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed and reinstated the $18 million jury verdict in February 2015.  The City ultimately settled the action for a total of $14.9 million in 2016.  Newton has an action still pending against the State of New York for damages not paid by the City.


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, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. 

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

445 Park Avenue, 9th Floor

New York, New York 10022

Phone:   (212) 745-1157    

Fax:   (917) 591-5980