Prof. Gershman comments on scrutiny of Oakland County prosecutors for handling of child sex assault cases

Prof. Ben Gershman, a former prosecutor and expert on prosecutorial misconduct, spoke to the Detroit Free Press about scrutiny of the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office over its handling of child sex assault cases.

Gershman commented on the case against Julian Wendrow, a father accused of raping his autistic, mute daughter. Initial evidence in the case was sufficient to prompt a close look from prosecutors, but after the typing method used to make the allegations was widely debunked, prosecutors should have subjected the case to extraordinary scrutiny, he said.

“This is just terrible, terrible judgment. A prosecutor is the most powerful law enforcement official in our system, and charging decisions have to be made very carefully,” Gershman said.

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