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The Bobster 04-18-2019 12:46 PM

Re: Cuomo defends commuting sentence of Brinks robbery getaway driver

Officials blast parole of Brink’s getaway driver Judith Clark
By Carl Campanile and Larry Celona
April 17, 2019 | 5:34pm


The parole of former Weather Underground radical and Brink’s robbery getaway driver Judith Clark is a “perversion of justice” and a “slap in the face” to the families of the cops and guard her accomplices killed, a Rockland County official said Wednesday.

“Today’s ruling by the parole board is a cruel and unjust slap in the face to the families of Sergeant Edward O’Grady, Officer Waverly ‘Chipper’ Brown and Brinks guard Peter Paige,” railed Ed Day, executive of the county where the infamous robbery went down. “This perversion of justice is a sad continuation of the deadly assault on police officers happening across our Nation and signals to the criminal element that it is open season on cops.”

Clark, joined by three fellow Weather Underground members and six Black Liberation Army members, knocked over a Brink’s armored car in Nanuet, NY in Oct. 1981, making off with $1.6 million and fatally gunning a car guard as well as two responding state cops.

She was sentenced to life behind bars, but in 2016 had her sentence commuted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, opening the door for her to be selected for early release.

Clark, now 69 and purportedly a model prisoner, was approved for parole by the state board on Wednesday.

“The parole board and the elected officials responsible for allowing this domestic terrorist to walk free should be ashamed,” added Day.

Outrage extended to the five boroughs, where Ed Mullins, head of the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association, blasted the decision.

“Welcome to the State of NY, home of Cop Killers who get to walk free,” seethed Mullins in a statement. “Thank you Governor for your moronic unethical Parole Board.”

The Bobster 04-22-2019 10:29 AM

Re: Cuomo defends commuting sentence of Brinks robbery getaway driver

Woman vital to Judith Clark’s freedom married a killer
By Carl Campanile
April 21, 2019 | 10:10pm

Judith Clark and Tana Agostini

The member of the state parole board who cast the tie-breaking vote that granted early release to former Weather Underground terrorist Judith Clark is married to a convicted murderer — a revelation that has outraged Clark’s victims and their families.

Former Nyack Detective Arthur Keenan, who was shot and wounded during the infamous 1981 Brink’s robbery in Rockland County, was stunned to learn from The Post that parole-board member Tana Agostini had ruled on Clark’s case.

“I’m very shocked that Agostini would be allowed to make a decision on someone who is a murderer,” Keenan said Sunday. “It’s a conflict of interest,” he added. “She should have recused herself.”

Michael Paige — whose father, Brink’s guard Peter Paige, was among three people killed in the Rockland County bloodbath — also said that Agostini should have bowed out.

“You’re married to a convicted murderer who also got parole. How is that not related?” Paige fumed.

“She would have some bias in making her decision in favor of parole,” he added. “It doesn’t smell right.”

Last year, following Agostini’s 2017 appointment to the parole board, The Post exclusively revealed how she married Thomas O’Sullivan while he was serving 25 years to life in prison for the killing of a drug dealer in Queens.

At the time they wed, Agostini was working as a state Assembly staffer who dealt with prison issues. She helped win O’Sullivan’s release in 2013 by lobbying Parole Board Chairman Bob Dennison.

Thomas O’Sullivan

Agostini was nominated to her seat on the Parole Board by Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who also granted Clark clemency in 2016, making her eligible for parole.

Clark had been sentenced to 75 years to life in prison.

She was rejected following her first appearance before the board in 2017.

Agostini did not take part in that decision, but she’s listed as the “deciding” member in last week’s 2-to-1 ruling that granted Clark parole.

Keenan accused Cuomo of intentionally naming Agostini to the Parole Board so that she would set killers free.

“It looks like this was done on purpose,” he said. “This is part of Cuomo’s radical agenda.”

Agostini’s phone was out of service Sunday and she couldn’t be reached, but a spokesman for the Parole Board defended her handling of Clark’s case.

“Tana Agostini was named to the New York State Board of Parole based on her extensive knowledge of the criminal-justice system gathered in part from her years of working for the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Correction,” spokesman Thomas Mailey said.

“To ignore her experience and attack her personal character — without any legitimate basis at all — is shameless and patently offensive.”

Cuomo’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Clark, 69, is scheduled to be released from the maximum-security women’s prison in Bedford Hills as early as May 15, according to the prison system’s Web site.

The Bobster 05-11-2019 11:30 AM

Re: Cuomo defends commuting sentence of Brinks robbery getaway driver

Judith Clark, radical leftist and getaway driver in deadly Brink’s heist, freed from prison
By Bernadette Hogan and Natalie O'Neill
May 10, 2019 | 6:37pm | Updated May 11, 2019 | 12:25pm

Judith Clark in 1981 (left) and in an undated photo AP

Former Weather Underground radical and Brink’s robbery getaway driver Judith Clark was freed from prison Friday — nearly four decades after the operation killed two responding police officers and a security guard.

A parole board voted last month to release the 69-year-old from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility upstate but kept the date vague to avoid throngs of media and possible protesters, a source said.

But a state corrections department spokesman said the convicted domestic terrorist is now a free woman.

She’ll be living with a friend in New York City, one of her lawyers told The Post.

“On May 10, 2019, Judith Clark was released from [prison],”said DOCCS spokesperson Thomas Mailey “Clark made her initial report to her parole officer. She will reside in New York County and be closely supervised to ensure her full compliance with all of the conditions of her parole.

In Oct. 1981, Clark and a crew of Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army members knocked over a Brink’s armored car in Nanuet, NY, making off with $1.6 million and fatally gunning down two responding cops.

She was sentenced to life behind bars.

But in 2016 her sentence was commuted by Gov. Cuomo, opening the door for her to be selected for early release. As a model prisoner, she was then approved for release by the state parole board late last month after her first bid was rejected two years ago.

(((Allen Roskoff))) of the liberal Jim Owles Democratic Club, who for years campaigned for her release, cheered her freedom.

“The world is a better place when our criminal justice system is not based on retribution and revenge. I wish Judith Clark and her family great happiness. This is simply a wonderful day,” said Roskoff.

Clark remains sensitive to the continuing pain of her victims’ families, her lawyer told The Post in a statement.

“While this is a wonderful day for Judy Clark and her family, she recognizes that news of her release may cause upset to the victims’ families and wants to express her ongoing concern for these communities,” said the lawyer, (((Steve Zeidman))), a professor at the CUNY School of Law.

She plans to live her life outside, as she did inside, in atonement for the harm she caused.”

The Bobster 05-14-2019 10:49 AM

Re: Cuomo defends commuting sentence of Brinks robbery getaway driver

Victim, family members of Brink’s robbery want Judith Clark’s release overturned
By Kenneth Garger
May 13, 2019 | 11:19pm

A retired detective and the son of an armored truck guard killed in the infamous 1981 Nyack Brink’s heist want the state parole board’s decision to release convicted murderer Judith Clark tossed since one board member failed to disclose her marriage to a murderer that she helped free.

Former Nyack Police Detective Arthur Keenan, who was injured in the robbery, and Michael Paige filed a state Supreme Court petition on Wednesday, arguing that not revealing the personal history of board member Tana Agostini “borders on impropriety.”

“Panel Member Agostini. . . did not properly and publicly disclose her prior work with the Parole Board or her husband’s status as a convicted murderer released from incarceration through actions of the Parole Board previously,” the petition said.

Agostini was one of two panel members in April to vote in favor of Clark’s release.

“The actions of [Defendants] by a 2-1 vote without proper public disclosure on the record of any potential conflicts borders on impropriety,” the petition said.

In 2013, Agostini fell in love with and married Thomas O’Sullivan, who was serving 25 years to life for the 1982 hired murder of a Queens drug dealer.

While working on the state Assembly’s committee overseeing the prison system, Agostini lobbied the board’s chair, Bob Dennison, to write a letter backing O’Sullivan’s bid for freedom.

Paige, whose dad Peter was killed in the robbery, and Keenan want the court to vacate the panel’s decision and send Clark’s parole application to a new panel, “whose members have no conflict of interest or the appearance of any impropriety.”

Mark Blanchard, an attorney representing Keenan and Paige, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

In Oct. 1981, Clark and a crew of Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army members knocked over a Brink’s armored car in Nanuet, NY, making off with $1.6 million and fatally gunning down two responding cops.

Clark, the getaway driver, had been serving a 75-year murder sentence before her Friday release from prison

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