Two years after the DA decided not charge the mogul for one alleged attack, he may be about to do so for a separate one.
Bennett Gershman is a Professor of Law, at Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University. Former prosecutor with Manhattan D.A.'s office and Special State prosecutor with the New York State Anti-Corruption office. Author of treatise "Prosecutorial Misconduct."
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