Professor Bennett Gershman, an expert in prosecutorial ethics, commented on a case in Carmel, New York. As reported in “The New York Times,” Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy recused himself from a criminal case in his jurisdiction that involves a man who is his friend and personal trainer. However, Levy has continued to offer the defendant, Alexandru Hossu, legal advice and money for his legal defense. Hossu is accused of twice raping a 13-year-old.
“I think this case is unprecedented,” Professor Gershman is quoted as saying. “I don’t know of any similar case where a sitting prosecutor has been so involved in a criminal defendant’s defense. To me it’s bizarre.”
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