Tracie Hunte, Assistant Producer, WNYC News
Tracie Hunte is an Assistant Producer in the WNYC Newsroom.
The CBS series about the Brooklyn District Attorney's office will air its second episode tonight, but some are questioning whether the show gives prosecutors an unfair advantage.
Barbara Moses, President of the New York County Lawyers Association and Seton Hall law professor, cites the case of Jabbar Collins, who was found guilty of murder in 1995 and released in 2010 after a federal judge vacated his conviction.
Collins is now suing Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes and other prosecutors, who he accused of unconstitutional actions.
“Some of the assistant district attorneys involved in his case were on the first episode of the CBS show and were portrayed in a very favorable light," said Moses. "If I were Mr. Collins's attorney, I would be concerned about that."
Collins is suing Hynes and the city for $150 million.
Hynes is in the middle of a re-election campaign. A challenger waged an unsuccessful court bid to stop the TV series from airing.
The Brooklyn D.A.'s office declined to comment on the Collins case and referred questions about the show "Brooklyn D.A." to CBS.
The program airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.