Family of Eric Garner Drops Lawyer Accused of Rape

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QUEENS, NY - APRIL 25: Sanford Rubenstein (C), attorney to the Bell family, leaves after the not guilty verdict was read by Judge Arthur Cooperman in the Sean Bell shooting trial at the State Supreme Court April 25, 2008 in the Queens borough of New York City. Bell died during the firing of 50 police bullets outside a club in Jamaica, Queens on November 25, 2006. The three detectives, Gescard F. Isnora, Michael Oliver and Marc Cooper, were found not guilty on all charges in the shooting death of Bell.  (Photo by Julia Xanthos-Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sanford Rubenstein
Sanford Rubenstein.Photo: Pool/2008 Getty Images

Al Sharpton said the family of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man killed by a police chokehold, would make an announcement about their legal representation on Saturday, but it looks like they wisely decided to distance themselves from alleged rapist Sanford Rubenstein sooner rather than later. “I will be stepping back from any role representing the family of police choking victim Eric Garner so there are no distractions from the family’s fight for justice,” Rubenstein said in a statement obtained by the Daily News. The prominent civil-rights attorney has yet to be arrested or charged and denies that he sexually assaulted a National Action Network employee following Sharpton’s 60th-birthday party last week. Nevertheless, his law partner, Scott Rynecki, will represent Garner’s family going forward as they attempt to sue the city and the NYPD for $75 million.