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HOWARD BEACH CONVICTIONS OVERTURNED

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A state appeals court has overturned the misdemeanor riot convictions of three young men in the Howard Beach racial killing and dismissed the indictments against them, saying the trial judge committed two errors.

Prosecutors either can appeal, resubmit evidence to a grand jury for new indictments or dismiss the case against the three white defendants."We are studying the opinion and we are considering a further appeal, and that's as far as we are going to comment at this particular point," Matthew Greenberg, a special assistant attorney general, said Tuesday.

The 19-year-old defendants - William Bollander, Thomas Farino and James Povinelli - were charged with taking part in the attack on three black men three years ago in the mainly white Howard Beach section of Queens.

One of the victims, Michael Griffith, was killed when the mob chased him onto a highway where he was struck by a car.