Supreme Court Judge Finds Cohen Forman Barone Client NOT GUILTY After Bench Trial!

Supreme Court Judge Finds Cohen Forman Barone Client NOT GUILTY After Bench Trial!

On September 21, 2015 in front of the Honorable Justice Stephens in Manhattan Supreme Court another CFB client was found not guilty! This was the second trial for this client on these same allegations. The case was tried to a hung jury in October 2014 when a sole juror held out preventing a full acquittal. The client refused all plea offers stating he was not guilty of these sexual perverted acts of which he stood accused. For three and a half long years the client and counsel waited. The civilian witness who testified for the government said she was 100% positive that the defendant was the one that had molested her. She took the stand in both trials and was unwavering in her certainty that the defendant was the perpetrator. The client was 22 years old at the time with no criminal record. He stood to be branded a sexual offender if convicted. He had lost job opportunities during the three and a half years he awaited his trial. He had a hard time supporting his child because of his inability to find work as a result of this allegation. The attorneys at CFB met with the client over a dozen times and spent long nights and weekends hunkered down in the office pouring over all of the evidence. When the government decided not to call the arresting officer CFB made the strategic decision to call the police officer on the defense case; always a risky proposition. The arresting officer testified for the defense and was cross examined by the prosecutor. The result was a full acquittal, no sexual offender status and no criminal record. Another win for the good guys. Special thanks to David Cohen, trial attorney for both trials.

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