Thank You, Edelman & Edelman Staff

 Edelman & Edelman staff

What began with two investigators from Management Resources Ltd. of NY uncovering a man’s innocence, is now part of a much larger movement. The exoneration of Jonathan Fleming has not only changed a man’s life, it’s also changed the lives of those around him who were part of this landmark case.

Jonathan Fleming made history when he was exonerated on April 8, 2014, and because of the hard work and dedication of Marty Edelman and his amazing Edelman & Edelman staff, Jonathan Fleming has made history again with the City’s settlement of 6.25 million dollars.

As with many new endeavors, this case brought new challenges for us. We navigated through areas of criminal and civil law not previously practiced, and learned new things which will take us far into the future. It truly shows the tenacity of those who would not give up on an innocent man, and answered the call to ensure he got what he so richly deserved.

Whether you worked directly on Jonathan’s case, or had to take up your fellow staff members’ workload, we recognize the ripple effect this case must have had on each of you.

We are thrilled with the successful outcome of Jonathan’s case. and want every staff member to feel proud about securing a financial future for a man who spent 24 years, 7 months and 20 days for a crime he did not commit.

As we move forward with new cases, and advocate for the issues of the wrongfully convicted, we feel a new boldness knowing that the Edelman & Edelman staff has our backs.

We applaud your professionalism, dedication and determination.

Thank you for all that you do.

Bob Rahn & Kim Anklin

Bob Rahn & Kim Anklin

Bob Rahn & Kim Anklin of Management Resources Ltd. of NY

Management Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com

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Private Investigators as Advocates

Kim Anklin, Jonathan Fleming and Bob Rahn speak at St. Francis University

Kim Anklin, Jonathan Fleming and Bob Rahn speak at St. Francis University

When investigating criminal defense cases, Management Resources’ Investigators are independent and confidential fact finders. Their goal is to uncover what actually happened and seek truthful information. The truth may not always be the outcome a particular client may be seeking, however it is always better to uncover the truth because the opposing side may know it and use it against you.

While an investigation is in progress, all information gathered is reviewed confidentially and shared only with attorneys and those involved in the case. An ethical private investigator does not disclose what may, or may not, have been found while assembling the data surrounding the case.

While investigating the wrongful conviction of Jonathan Fleming it was clear that this case would make headlines, and it did, with news coverage spanning around the world. But, before his exoneration not many people knew Fleming’s name, nor what was going on in his case.

As we were able to unearth glaring evidence of his wrongful conviction which led to his being set free, we saw the opportunity to use this as a landmark case with which to educate others.

“When the investigation ends, advocacy and education can begin.”  -Kim Anklin

When a case is concluded, and the prosecutorial mistakes are finally made public, private investigators have an opportunity to advocate on behalf of the client’s needs and educate others about the issue(s) represented in their case. There is an obligation to bring to light issues such as hiding exculpatory evidence which, had the defense known about it, would have changed the jury’s minds and therefore the verdict. We feel it’s our duty to try to effect change within a system that is unmistakably broken.

By creating dialog and speaking out we are able to communicate to audiences the impact these cases have for clients, their families, and especially for victims who never had justice. Reaching out to college and university students, and speaking directly to them, is one way to give them a first hand account of what they will encounter if they choose to work within the legal system. They are the hope of a future for those who will seek their help as professionals.

Whether a criminal, corporate or civil investigation, there is always something to be learned. For those who have traveled the long path of seeking justice and have prevailed, their experiences shed new light into the pitfalls of our present day legal system. To bring awareness to the public and promote change is a way to improve the chances of not being discriminated against, wrongfully terminated, wrongfully convicted, or worse, wrongfully executed.

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com

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Our Hearts are Saddened

Jonathan Fleming greets his mother, Patricia, on the day of his exoneration.

Jonathan Fleming greets his mother, Patricia, on the day of his exoneration.

Our hearts are heavy to relay the news of the passing of Jonathan Fleming’s mother, Mrs. Patricia Fleming. 

 Contacted by Mrs. Fleming in 2013, we spent a year in close conversation with her and her son, Jonathan Fleming, concerning his innocence and proving that he was wrongfully convicted. It was the inspiration of this mother and her only child that kept our agency working on the case well past the time our retainer ran out. We felt we had to do all we could to fulfill her wish of seeing him once more as a free man.

Patricia Fleming, known by her family and neighborhood friends as “Patsy,” was born and raised in the small South Carolina town of Kingstree where she met her future husband. Together they moved to Brooklyn, NY, had their only child Jonathan, and settled in the Marcy Housing Projects located in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Patsy worked as a home care professional. After the death of her husband, she remained at the same address for 48 years where all who knew her loved her bubbly personality and kind nature.

The children in the neighborhood were like extended family to her. Along with her grandsons, they lovingly called her “Nana,” who organized many summer barbecues. She watched over the children, inspiring them to better themselves and fulfill their dreams.

Our experience with Mrs. Fleming is that she was in constant prayer for over 24 years that Jonathan was in prison. She knew he didn’t commit the crime he was incarcerated for, and she knew that one day the world would know it and he would be free again. She was the rock, she was the light we followed, and she was loved by so many around her. Patricia Fleming will always be a large part of what our future holds working for others wrongly incarcerated.

Jonathan Fleming greets his mother, Patricia, on the day of his exoneration.The public is invited to join the family Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Ponce Funeral home 54 Thompkins Ave. Brooklyn, NY  11206 (718) 277-2333. The viewing will be from 10:30am – 11:30am and services from 11:30am – 12:30pm.

In honor of her memory, and in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Urban Upbound Organization. Their mission is to break cycles of poverty in public housing neighborhoods by providing the tools and resources needed to achieve economic mobility and self-sufficiency. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/112712 , and be sure to send a message to Telisha@urbanupbound.org  when prompted so they can thank you for your generous gift.

Goodbye, Mrs. Fleming, you will always be remembered fondly.

Kim Anklin and Bob Rahn

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The Rise in US Wrongful Convictions

The prison population in the US is estimated at 2.3 million.

The prison population in the US is estimated at 2.3 million.

The United States makes up only 5% of the world’s population, yet we incarcerate 25% of the world’s prison population. Does this mean that every person is in fact guilty?

The National Registry of Exonerations updated their findings in March 2015. The total number of 1555 Exonerees collectively served 14,429 years. More than 46% were due to government misconduct, and was highest in homicide cases (60%) and child sex abuse cases (44%).

How does this happen?

For every person who is found guilty by a judge or jury trial, 9 people will take a plea agreement to avoid a harsher sentence. No one knows how many are in fact innocent of the crime for which they will spend precious years of their lives in prison. A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Law School estimates around 4.1% of death row inmates are innocent.
“The great majority of innocent people who are sentenced to death are never identified and freed,” said Samuel Gross, lead author of the study and a University of Michigan Law School professor.  He adds,”The purpose of our study is to account for the innocent defendants who are not exonerated.”

If we were to project the study out to the total 2.3 million prison population, more than 90,000 people could be in fact innocent.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin review requests from possible wrongful convictions

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin review requests from possible wrongful convictions

2014 was a record year for releasing the wrongfully convicted according to the Exoneration Report from the University of Michigan with 125 exonerations, one of which was our client, Jonathan Fleming, on April 8, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY.

Management Resources is responding to a record number of inquiries from those who are wrongfully incarcerated and reviewing several cases to assess if there is evidence to investigate further.

The Rise in US Wrongful Convictions

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com 

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Jonathan Fleming: One Year Free

Jonathan Fleming leaves Brooklyn Supreme Court April 8, 2014

Jonathan Fleming leaves Brooklyn Supreme Court April 8, 2014

Twelve months to the day that we accepted his case, a phone call from Jonathan Fleming came from Wende Correctional Facility stating that his counselor had just left his cell. She told him she had received parole board hearing materials from his attorneys, his investigators, and his friends all supporting his release; however, she didn’t think he was going to need them.

She then said the words he longed to hear; that the next morning he was to be escorted for a scheduled appearance before a Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge.

On April 8, 2014, as the world watched, Jonathan Fleming listened to Judge D’Emic vacate his conviction and legally tell him he was free, a completely free man.

After hugging his defense team, the tears fell as he ran to embrace his mother.

It was one year ago that Jonathan called me to ask “Yo, Kimmie! What’s going on?” He had been told he was to be produced in Brooklyn court the next day and was probably not coming back. In his voice I felt the shock and search for validation to the news that he must have been feeling.

It would take us weeks before we could come to the realization he was actually out in the world and not locked away in a cell,  wondering how he would reintegrate into a life he had been denied for almost 25 years. Everything had changed drastically, but he was able to quickly adapt and discovered new technologies, like cell phones!

The media attention in Jonathan’s case was phenomenal, scrutinizing not only his case, but the thousands of others that are still wrongly incarcerated. It also instilled in us the urgency that we must give these cases, to help bring about true justice within a system filled with misconduct.

As investigators we have been showered with awards and recognition for our work in Jonathan’s case, however, the drive behind the work was his mother, Patricia Fleming. She never gave up hope that her son would one day be set free.

Jonathan has had the opportunity to speak to several audiences this past year interested in learning more about wrongful convictions, as well as speaking to local groups about his experience.
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During his year of living as a free man, Jonathan has celebrated every holiday, his birthday, the birth of his granddaughter and the near loss of his beloved mother.

He has come back into society not as a broken and bitterly angry man, but instead a man who enjoys everyday of his freedom, loves to laugh and make others laugh, who reminds us that we have so much to be grateful for.

As his claims are filed and the negotiations begin, we will never lose sight of why we fight for him.

celebratingManagement Resources Ltd of New York is a professional investigative firm licensed in New York and New Jersey. .  Management Resources is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York, and Founding Members and Regional Directors of Investigating Innocence.

Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin are available for interviews or speaking engagements.  Contact ImaginePublicity at 843-808-08509 or email contact@imaginepublicity.com 

Jonathan Fleming: One Year Free

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