Brinks robbery victims sue state parole board after Clark’s release

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A victim and the son of a slain victim of the 1981 Brinks robbery in Rockland County are suing the state parole board, saying that getaway driver Judith Clark should not be a free woman.

The 69-year-old left prison last Friday after serving nearly 40 years for her role as the getaway driver in the robbery that killed two Nyack police officers and a Brinks armored car guard in Nyack.

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Michael Paige, the son of the slain Brinks armored guard Peter Paige, and former Nyack police officer Arthur Keenan, who was injured in the 1981 shootout, say they are suing the parole board for failure to follow the law.

Both Keenan and Paige point the finger at Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who three years ago commuted Clark's sentence from 75 years-to-life, opening up the option for parole.

Cuomo also appointed the three-person parole board who decided Clark's fate. One of those board members was subsequently revealed to have had a personal relationship with another convicted murderer.

Judith Clark's attorney says her parole process was entirely just.

“Each member of the parole board, the parole board at large, acted appropriately in all aspects,” said Steve Ziedman by phone.

News 12 reached out to the state parole board, but a spokesperson said they can't comment on pending litigation

Both Paige and Keenan say they hope the lawsuit will reverse the parole board's decision and put Judith Clark back in prison.

 

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