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Jonathan Fleming arrives at Brooklyn's Supreme Court, April 8, 2014, in New York. Valerie Brown, right, is his ex-wife. (AP photo/Bebeto Matthews) Jonathan Fleming arrives at Brooklyn's Supreme Court, April 8, 2014, in New York. Valerie Brown, right, is his ex-wife. (AP photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) - Brooklyn's district attorney says he plans to spend more than $1 million to review questionable convictions over the next budget year.

District Attorney Kenneth Thompson told a City Council budget hearing Tuesday that his office is dealing with an "epic" number of questionable convictions.

He said his Conviction Review Unit has overturned the convictions of six men.

According to the Wall Street Journal, he said "With every case that's publicized, additional cases are sent to my office for review."

Thompson says 10 of his office's 153 prosecutors have been assigned to the unit, in addition to three investigators and other staff.

He came into office this year promising to make addressing allegations of wrongful convictions a priority.

A man who spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for murder was freed last month and cleared of a killing that happened when he was 1,100 miles away on a Disney World vacation.

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