Judith Clark, at present in jail for the 1981 Brinks truck theft, was denied parole on April 21, 2017.
The state parole board unit’s determination denying former self-professed revolutionary Judith Clark early launch from life in jail for the murders of two Nyack cops and a Brinks guard will probably be appealed, her attorneys stated Tuesday.
The attorneys — Michael Cardozo and Steven Zeidman — stated the panel used illegitimate causes to disclaim Clark early launch after Gov. Andrew Cuomo commuted her minimal sentence to 36 years.
Clark had been sentenced to seventy five years to life for her position as getaway driver within the three murders on Oct. 20, 1981, in the course of the armored automotive theft in Rockland.
Nyack Police Officers Sgt. Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly Chipper Brown have been killed by gunmen who jumped from the rear of a U-Haul van on the entrance to the New York State Thruway on Mountainview Avenue. Brinks guard Peter Paige was killed on the Nanuet Mall after the robbers stole $1.6 million.
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The lawyers noted the parole board unit found Clark had been rehabilitated in prison but the agency’s appeals unit upheld the parole rejection.
“New York courts have repeatedly ruled that … the seriousness of the crime of conviction, something that can never be changed, is not a legitimate basis for denying parole, and yet that is exactly what the Parole Board did here,” the attorneys said in a news release. “New York law is clear that if a prisoner is found to be rehabilitated and presents no threat to society, she should be granted parole.”
Judith Clark, a convicted member of the Weather Underground, in her original booking photo after the Oct. 20, 1981, Brinks robbery in Nanuet and Nyack. (Photo: Rockland County Sheriff’s Department)
Clark is the third-longest serving woman in a New York prison. Cuomo, after interviewing Clark personally and noting her “exceptional strides in self-development,” granted her clemency which allowed her to apply for parole.
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The lawyers’ statement also noted that another basis for their lawsuit will be that “the parole board had wrongfully denied Ms. Clark access to the record on which the Parole Board based its decision.
“This severely hampered Ms. Clark in presenting her appeal and was in fundamental violation of New York law and Ms. Clark’s constitutional right to fairness and due process, which belong to all…