Was Levi Aron’s Defense Attorney Wrong for Quitting?

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Levi Aron.Photo: Gary Miller/Splash News

Gerard Marrone, previously one of two defense attorneys representing Levi Aron, the confessed murderer of Leiby Kletzky, has quit the case. "The allegations were too horrific, and it's not something I wanted to be involved in," he tells Eyewitness News. "I have three boys. One of my sons is seven. I looked at my own children, and there are no words. You see the victim, and you feel so sad." Understandable feelings? Sure. But defense attorney Scott Greenfield, on his Simple Justice blog, doesn't have any sympathy for Marrone:


Too late. He knew the allegations going in. He knew what he was getting involved with. He chose to do so, a choice which is admirable in that everyone, even Levi Aron, must be given a defense, and Marrone's decision to stand beside Aron reflects the ugly but necessary job of the criminal defense lawyer.

But now, even though nothing has significantly changed, Marrone has made another choice. This time, he's chosen to quit, to walk away from his client and in the process, to announce that he, as defense lawyer, is too sickened by his client's actions to remain beside him. This he cannot do....

In the bio on Marrone's website, he calls himself "Gerard 'No Fear' Marrone." He may wish that people think of him that way, but there will be one thing that will follow him, haunt him, for his decision to walk away from this defendant, charged with this horrific crime. It's that he's a quitter, that he cannot be relied upon to stand firm and fulfil the obligations he willingly took on, even though it means that he must steel himself to the challenge of representing the worst among us.

Marrone insists that something did change from when he first took the case:

Marrone says the medical examiner's report was the final straw.

On Wednesday, investigators revealed that the 8-year-old had been drugged with a potent mixture of pain relievers and muscle relaxants before he was murdered.

"Knowing what he went through, just putting two and two together, you know they made more than one attempt," Marrone said.

We're not exactly sure what that means. Who is "they"? Aron? More than one attempt at what? Killing Kletzky? Killing other children? Anyway, we'd like to hear what you all think in the comments about Marrone's decision, especially any lawyers out there.

Attorneys of suspect in Leiby Kletzky murder quits [ABC News]