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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NY POST
Rape accuser says Rubenstein fed her pot cookies
11/20/2014

The Al Sharpton aide who says she was raped by a prominent Manhattan attorney tested positive for marijuana use in the days after the alleged sexual assault, according to sources.
And her lawyers are now accusing the attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, of feeding her pot-laced cookies.

 


“Any positive test for narcotics in the system of the victim only supports the belief that she was drugged,” the woman’s lawyers, Keith White and Kenneth Montgomery,
told The Post in a statement.
“Our client was in her attacker’s home just days before the test and it would be consistent with her ingesting something at her attacker’s home where Mr. Rubenstein gave the victim cookies,” the statement said.

 

White and Montgomery added that their client “does not smoke or do any drugs.”



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NY DAILY NEWS
Sanford Rubenstein slow to be charged in rape to avoid DSK repeat, says accuser’s lawyer
10/14/2014

Manhattan prosecutors have been slow to charge Sanford Rubenstein with rape because they fear another high-profile loss — like the one suffered in the bungled prosecution of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

 

The bold claim on Tuesday came from Kenneth Montgomery, who represents the 42-year-old accuser.

 

“I think they want to get rid of it,” Montgomery said, referring to the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. “They don’t want a DSK on their hands.”

 

Montgomery said the embarrassment over that case has made Manhattan prosecutors gun-shy. “It just seems that there is some sort of pattern that is developing where these women — unless this thing comes tied in a ribbon — the office is taking the position of punting it, unless there’s some smoking gun,” he said. “”hey don’t do that in any other circumstance, and that seems to be very problematic to me.”



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