Jennifer S. Wilkov Speaks at It Could Happen to You 6th Annual Summit On Wrongful Convictions

The Bill to Establish a Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct in New York State Continues to Be a Priority for the NY Legislative Session | Jennifer S. Wilkov Speaks about the Costs of Wrongful Prosecutions and Convictions
Jennifer S. Wilkov #1 Best-Selling Author & Award-Winning Journalist
Jennifer S. Wilkov #1 Best-Selling Author & Award-Winning Journalist
NEW YORK - May 4, 2016 - PRLog -- Following her appearance at the Speak Up Women Conference at the United Nations in March, Jennifer S. Wilkov, a victim of the New York State criminal justice system's and Ameriprise Financial's erroneous campaigns as well as a board member of the It Could Happen to You organization, is in Albany today to speak at the It Could Happen to You Sixth Annual Summit - The Costs of Prosecutorial Misconduct: The Time for a New Era of Accountability for Justice - which will take place in Hearing Room C at the New York State Legislative Office Building located at State Street and Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12224. Ms. Wilkov will participate in a press conference at 9:00 a.m. in the Press Room, Room 130, of the Legislative Office Building in which the It Could Happen to You organization will discuss its prosecutorial misconduct report and then appear during a panel discussion in the morning during the Summit.

Ms. Wilkov will speak about the costs to you if you were wrongfully convicted as a licensed professional and how it affects your career, your family and your life. Licensed professionals are fooled by the myth that a false accusation and prosecution, much less conviction, could never happen to them; however, when it does, the impact on your professional and personal life can be destructive, not to mention financially devastating.

Ms. Wilkov will meet with high-ranking New York State Senators and Assembly representatives on Thursday, May 5, 2016, to advocate for the bill to establish a Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct in New York State. Meetings in the Senate will include State Senator Simcha Felder of District 17, a Certified Public Accountant, among others, and Assemblyman and Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz of District 51, a member of the Ways and Means, Rules, and Correction Committees and the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus, among others.

When the bill for the Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct passes, New York State will be the first state in the nation to establish such an oversight commission for state prosecutors and have an answer to the burning question, "Who is prosecuting the prosecutors?" which has been troubling citizens nationwide.

Introduced by Syracuse State Senator John DeFrancisco (S24) and Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry (A 1131) along with co-sponsors from across the state, including strong support from Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, originator of the bill in the Assembly, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, a prominent long-time supporter of criminal justice reform in New York State and a member of the Women's Legislative Caucus, and many others, the State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct will establish accountability and uniform best practices for the most powerful players in the criminal justice system.

Other licensed professionals in a variety of industries, including most elected officials -- judges and the legislators themselves -- as well as police, firefighters, Catholic bishops, athletic team owners and their coaches and players, teachers, social workers, doctors and nurses, airline pilots, train conductors, bus drivers, accountants, insurance agents, real estate agents, bankers, investment advisors, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, engineers, chefs, and hairdressers, are subject to the enforcement of best practices and accountability. The only professionals and elected officials seemingly not subject to the enforcement of best practices and accountability are District Attorneys and Assistant District Attorneys.

Ms. Wilkov found herself at the center of a legal storm where she was incarcerated in Rikers Island for a crime the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) ruled she did not commit three years after she had been railroaded into pleading guilty by the Assistant District Attorney and the judge in her case, who both engaged in questionable practices which caused the criminal justice system to fail to uphold her rights to fair prosecutorial practices and proper representation.

She has previously addressed this controversial case in her award-winning feature article that appeared in the April 2009 issue of Marie Claire, during her March 2009 interview on CNBC Squawk Box, during her February 15, 2016 interview on Bloomberg Business radio, in the HuffPost Business profile by Laura Emily Dunn in her Women In Business Q&A column, and in her March 3rd, 2016 interview on "So Money" with Farnoosh Torabi, among others. She has also spoken publicly about it during the Speak Up Women Conference at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016, her TEDx Talk at the TEDxBroadStreetNY event held in New York City, at the It Could Happen to You 2015 Summit, and in other venues upon request.

Endorsements for the bill to establish the State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct include the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, the New York Civil Liberties Union, New York Catholic Conference, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New York Trial Lawyers Association, New York State Defenders Association, Legal Aid Society of New York, Brooklyn Defenders Association, New York State United Teachers, the Greater Genesee Valley Rochester AFL-CIO, and more.

"I'm delighted to have the unique opportunity to stand up, speak up and put forth my support to establish the Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct in New York State," says Jennifer S. Wilkov. "Going to jail as an innocent man or woman is a fear held by many across the United States, especially licensed professionals like I was in a regulated industry that requires proper supervision by licensed supervisors. Inappropriate prosecutorial conduct is unnecessarily hurting our innocent citizens and professionals and costing taxpayers millions of dollars. The time is now to reform the criminal justice system and establish a supervisory authority to oversee the prosecutors who are charged with seeking fair and ethical prosecutions of those who are truly guilty."

"New York State should be the national trailblazer in criminal justice reform. A critical element in the transformation of our state's justice system is the enactment of rules to enforce best prosecutorial practices and provide accountability for this group of elected officials and professionals," says Bill Bastuk, Chair of It Could Happen to You Inc. "We're grateful to have Jennifer S. Wilkov, a former successful Certified Financial Planner, join us to bring her unique story to the discussions with the key legislators in the New York State Senate and Assembly. She clearly defines how vulnerable successful business people are to false accusations involving white collar crimes."

Jennifer S. Wilkov is the founder of Speak Up World, LLC, which produced the inaugural Speak Up Women Conference at the United Nations on March 5, 2016, an event designed to support women with the understanding of the importance and impact speaking up has in our personal, professional and philanthropic lives.

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About Jennifer S. Wilkov

Jennifer S. Wilkov's passion for communication has led to her being a #1 international best-selling award-winning author, a keynote speaker, an award-winning freelance writer, a successful book and business consultant, a #1 radio show host and executive producer on WomensRadio, and an entrepreneurial mentor. She survived being incarcerated in one of New York's and the nation's most violent prisons, Rikers Island, after inappropriately being told to plead guilty to a crime she didn't commit by an attorney who mishandled her case. Her Sixth Amendment right was then overlooked by the judge in her case when she was denied her request for an adjournment to seek new representation after her attorney was granted a withdrawal just prior to her sentencing hearing.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) denied in their entirety charges of fraud, withholding material facts, failure to disclose and breach of franchise agreement which were brought by Ameriprise Financial against Ms. Wilkov as a third party respondent during an arbitration held in May 2011. Ms. Wilkov is currently preparing her appeal in the New York State criminal justice system.

Jennifer continued to succeed as a best-selling author, media personality, entrepreneur and keynote speaker after enduring this devastating, unimaginable experience. She knows what it takes to live the life you love in the face of any challenge. She also knows the high cost of non-compliant compliance supervision for firms and their employees like Ameriprise Financial in the financial, insurance, accounting and legal industries. She is a board member of the It Could Happen to You organization and a prominent publishing industry and personal development professional.

As a keynote speaker, Jennifer fans the flames of the Human Spirit in each audience member and empowers them with her inspiring message: "You have the right to remain fabulous!"

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