Sex Charges against Rabbi Dismissed Reported by Rabbi’s Counsel Alan Lewis and Michael Shapiro
Press Conference to be held today at 4 p.m.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Attorneys Alan Lewis and Michael Shapiro, partners at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, today announced the dismissal of all charges against their client, Rabbi Bryan Bramly. This morning in State Supreme Court, Justice Rena Uviller granted a request made by Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., that the grand jury indictment against Rabbi Bramly be dismissed.
Rabbi Bramly, the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona, had been charged in March of this year with having sexual contact with a then seven-year old girl (a friend of the Rabbi’s daughter) in the year 2000 when the Rabbi was in rabbinical school in New York. Following his arrest in Arizona, the Rabbi voluntarily returned to New York to fight the charges and was immediately released on bail. Upon his arrival in New York, Rabbi Bramly took and passed a polygraph examination arranged by his attorneys and administered by a retired FBI polygraph expert with 30 years of experience.
Rabbi Bramly and his lawyers commend District Attorney Vance and his assistants for their willingness to re-examine all of the evidence that pointed to the Rabbi’s innocence. Alan Lewis says, “Mr. Vance’s open-mindedness and reappraisal of the evidence is in the highest tradition of the Manhattan D.A.’s Office.” Michael Shapiro adds that “the D.A.’s highly unusual step of moving to dismiss an indicted case speaks highly of the Office’s professionalism and quest for justice.”
Rabbi Bryan Bramly, accompanied by his lawyers, Alan Lewis and Michael Shapiro will be responding to questions at a press conference at the offices of Carter Ledyard & Milburn, 2 Wall Street, at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2010.
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP maintains one of New York's longest continuing legal practices. For the past 156 years, from its home on Wall Street and with offices in Washington , DC, it has been engaged in the general practice of law concentrating in commercial law and private client services.