Bronx DA asks judge to dismiss nearly 160K warrants

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Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark requested Wednesday that a judge dismiss nearly 160,000 outstanding warrants that have been on the books for at least 10 years.

Those summonses include minor infractions such as drinking alcohol in public -- low-level offenses that for years have hung over the heads of Bronx residents who have failed to show up to court.

The warrant dismissals by city district attorneys took place in four boroughs, with Staten Island being the exception. The move frees up the city's criminal court system of about 645,000 old summonses.

The warrants will be sealed, and it will take 90 days to clear them all. Courts have notified the NYPD to double-check any warrants older than 10 years before making an arrest.

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