Aron’s Lawyer Dumps Him

One of the attorneys for Levi Aron, the man who confessed to killing and dismembering 8-year-old Hasidic boy Leiby Kletzky last week, abruptly resigned last night, saying it was because of “the horrific way this boy was killed.” Gerard Marrone, who was one of two lawyers representing Aron, told the Daily News his conscience weighed heavy on him over the gruesome details of the murder: “I have three little boys. You can’t look at your kids and then look at yourself in the mirror, knowing that a little boy, who’s close in age to my eldest son, was murdered so brutally.”

From Gothamist, reporting a story from the Daily News.

Folks, let me say this is a perfect example why, if you’re ever indicted on homicide charges, you need an attorney experienced in homicide prosecution and defense. This goes for any serious crime.

I compliment Gerald Marrone Esquire on his finely-tuned conscience, but I have no use for this guy as an attorney. He should be ashamed of himself. If he can’t deal with the facts alleged here, he should exit the case. That’s fine. But if he’s going to dump the case, he should keep his mouth shut! Instead, Marrone threw his own client under a bus. In the process, by essentially admitting Aron’s guilt, in my view Marrone damaged Aron’s defense and likelihood of a fair trial.

Marrone’s conduct is like a doctor saying “Sorry, I can’t help you, ma’am. I don’t like sick people.” In fact it’s far worse. Marrone didn’t simply refuse to help Aron; in my view he actively hurt his former client and compromised his defense. Defense lawyers have their own quasi-Hippocratic Oath: You might not be able to help your client, but at least you should not hurt them.

Pick another profession, Moron, er, Marrone. How about floral arrangement? I’m sure you won’t think of your kids arranging petunias.

Granted, with the media-fueled bonfire already burning brightly, Marrone’s Hamlet-like hand-wringing probably will not end up doing too much more harm to Aron, but that’s not the point. A client should be able to trust his attorney; a client has a right to expect his attorney will avoid private much less highly public condemnations.

When I first learned of this case I wondered aloud who would pick it up for the defense. When I heard it was Pierre Bazile and Gerald Marrone, my first reaction was “Who?” I know every attorney who routinely handles murder cases in Brooklyn, and these two guys are not near the top of my list. In fact they’re not even on my list. My feeling was, well, that’s it for Mr. Aron. Now we hear Long Island defense attorney Jennifer McCann has stepped in to plug the hole (which in retrospect seems infinitesimal) left by Marrone’s exit from the case. I’ve never heard of her either, but it appears she’s done some work out in Garden City or someplace. Welcome to Brooklyn, counsel. Now don’t fuck it up.


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