Daily News
Charges dropped against 5 accused in Brooklyn gang rape
3/1/2016

Prosecutors have dismissed rape charges against five Brooklyn teenagers accused of raping an 18-year-old woman last month at gunpoint after chasing off her father at a playground in Brownsville, officials said.

Not only did the woman recant her sexual assault allegations, but she told investigators there really was no gun, said Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson.

And to make matters much, much worse , she was actually having sex with her own father, Thompson said.




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New York Times
Prosecutors Will Move to Dismiss Charges in Brownsville Rape Case
3/1/2016

Five teenage boys were accused of attacking an 18-year-old woman at the Osborn Playground in Brownsville in January.

Prosecutors in Brooklyn plan on moving to dismiss first-degree rape charges against all five teenagers accused of attacking an 18-year-old woman on a playground in Brownsville, Brooklyn, in January, officials said on Wednesday.

Almost from the moment the explosive allegations were made public, the case was dogged by questions about the accounts by the woman and her father, who later admitted they had been having sex in the park that night, and about the city’s handling of the case, which was criticized as being too slow.




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New York Times
Video Is Said to Show the Moments Before a Suspected Gang Rape in Brooklyn
1/13/2016

“What are we really doing here?” asked Kenneth Montgomery, the lawyer for Denzel Murray, 14. “Have we not learned our lessons from the Central Park Five?”

A smartphone video that its owner and defense lawyers said showed a brief verbal encounter before a suspected gang rape at a Brooklyn playground emerged on Tuesday, another development in an increasingly complex inquiry that has roiled the city.

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said the Police Department should have notified the public more quickly of the alleged attack, a contention that the mayor had made on Monday.



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SLATE
Prosecution Is About Locking Black People Up
9/7/2015

Earlier this week a new report from the Women Donors Network revealed that 95 percent of America’s elected prosecutors are white.

For context on this stunning number, I spoke to Melba Pearson, the president of the National Black Prosecutors Association and an assistant state attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. Pearson told me about her efforts to recruit black law students into her profession by convincing them that if they really want to make the criminal justice system less discriminatory against black communities, they should become prosecutors, not defense attorneys, because that’s where the real power in the system lies.



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NY DAILY NEWS
EXCLUSIVE: Rookie NYPD officer who shot Akai Gurley in Brooklyn stairwell was texting union rep as victim lay dying
12/5/2014

Protesters rally for justice in the death of Akai Gurley, fatally struck by a cop’s bullet in the pitch-black stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project.

“I would be surprised if it is not at least presented to a grand jury,” said Kenneth Montgomery, a lawyer for Gurley’s parents. “It’s a debacle and it speaks of criminal negligence.”



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NEW YORK POST
Man charged in assault cleared after video proves his innocence
12/5/2014

Defense attorney Kenneth Montgomery said he hired a forensic video expert to examine the surveillance footage and determine that the true attacker was on the short side.


“All you have to do is look at this video and look at him. But the NYPD is so confident locking up people of color and letting the DA sort it out,” said Montgomery.



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NY DAILY NEWS
Alleged rape victim’s attorneys to D.A.: Arrest Sanford Rubenstein now
10/21/2014

A lawyer for the alleged rape victim of lawyer Sanford Rubenstein sent a pointed message to prosecutors: Put him in handcuffs now.

 

“Every day that has passed since the occurrence has only served to marginalize the complainant and the sexual assault she suffered at the hands of Mr. Rubenstein,” read the two-page Tuesday letter from attorney Kenneth Montgomery.

 

“(The woman), a victim of sexual assault, is requesting that the New York County District Attorney’s office authorize the New York Police Department to arrest Sanford Rubenstein.”



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NEW YORK TIMES
Letter to Manhattan Prosecutor Details Rape Allegation Against Prominent Lawyer
10/21/2014

The letter, signed by the lawyers Kenneth J. Montgomery and Keith White, criticized prosecutors for seemingly placing too much emphasis on surveillance videos that show that the woman and a friend “willingly went to Mr. Rubenstein’s residence to further socialize following a festive evening.”

 

That footage, the lawyers said, had no bearing on what took place inside Mr. Rubenstein’s penthouse apartment.

 

The lawyers also suggest that prosecutors are overlooking the most salient point: The victim “never gave consent because she was incapacitated.”

 

“The results of any toxicology is of no consequence considering the victim’s injuries, statements and lack of consent,” the lawyers wrote.



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