Malisha Blyden was found guilty in 2007 for her supposed role in the brutal 2005 home-invasion shooting of George Peseo.
The 30 year old Blyden whose mother is from Bath Village in Nevis was wrongfully arrested and convicted in 2007 for attempted murder and given a 40 yr Jail sentence at the infamous Rikers Island Prison.
A few weeks ago Blyden’s conviction was overturned after a 7 year long battle to prove her innocence. New York City’s finest allegedly fabricated the story to arrest Malisha and her friend Latisha Johnson whom they interrogated for 22 hrs straight until she confessed. While in jail Malisha wrote to President OBAMA and OPRAH Winfrey to help set her Free now she wants Payback from New York City for wrongful conviction, false imprisonment and other civil charges .
The New York Daily News reported that Blyden never laid eyes on the man she was accused of setting up to be attacked with gunshots to his chest and stomach.
Her bad fortune was too much to process.
“It took me a while to realize they just convicted me on an attempted murder charge that I had nothing to do with,” Blyden said.
In her darkest hour, a fellow inmate provided Blyden’s first flash of hope in what became a frustrating — and finally successful — fight for freedom.
The prisoner knew Blyden was innocent because her Harlem neighbors were the ones responsible for the robbery.
Attorneys for Blyden are filing a notice of claim against the City of New York today Monday 31st , charging false arrest, wrongful conviction, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and other civil charges.
Her lawyers did not request a dollar amount in the papers, often the first step in filing a lawsuit. A city Law Department spokesman said they will review the documents “when and if we are served.”
The whole thing, the lawyers claim, began when police pursued a shockingly bad lead.
Blyden has goals of a job in fashion or business, but wonders if they can still be a reality.
Cops stopped Blyden and her friend Latisha Johnson on an uptown No. 4 train for playing loud music nearly a decade ago.
The friend was wanted for questioning in Peseo’s shooting after police — searching for a young female suspect — learned a call was made from the victim’s phone to Johnson’s father.
Cops theorized the call came from one of the female perps using Peseo’s stolen phone — when it was really a single-digit misdial done by the victim himself.
After 22 grueling hours of police interrogation, Johnson confessed and implicated Blyden. Cops said witnesses identified the two suspects as prostitutes known as “Lace” and “Jackie” who ran with the male defendants.
It was total fiction. Johnson’s case was also dismissed this month.
The women were found guilty in 2007 with the help of lying or befuddled witnesses.