Statement by Manhattan D.A. Cy Vance on Case of Rafael Ruiz

January 28, 2020

“A prosecutor’s job is not just to seek convictions, but to seek justice. Today, attorneys from my Office’s Conviction Integrity Program moved to vacate the 1985 conviction of Rafael Ruiz and to dismiss the indictment against him on the grounds of newly discovered DNA evidence. We were pleased to be joined in today’s motion by the Innocence Project and I’m grateful for their continued partnership. I’d also like to thank the staff in our Conviction Integrity Program – the first on the East Coast –who work every day to review claims of innocence, and just as importantly, to improve prosecutorial practices on the front end and prevent wrongful convictions from happening in the first place.”