In an interview with The Times, Vance apologized for the failure of law enforcement and said, “This points to the truth that law enforcement over history has often failed to live up to its responsibilities.”
Vance said, “These men did not get the justice that they deserved.”
The evidence during the investigation, according to the report, showed failures that included FBI documents which revealed information that “pointed away” from the two men, and prosecutors’ notes that did not disclose undercover officers present in the ballroom at the time of the shooting.
According to The Times, the reinvestigation found that had new evidence been presented to a jury, the two men may have been acquitted.
Aziz, 83, was released from prison in 1985, and Islam was released in 1987 and died in 2009.
CNN has reached out the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which announced a press conference for Thursday. CNN has also reached out the Innocence Project as well as attorneys for the two men.
This is a developing story and will be updated.