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
The Manhattan district attorney will not press rape charges against noted civil-rights lawyer Sanford Rubenstein, who had been accused of sexual assault last October. A woman had accused Rubenstein of rape after she spent the night at his penthouse apartment following Al Sharpton’s 60th birthday party. Rubenstein, who at the time had been representing Eric Garner’s family, denied the claims, and his attorney maintained any relations were consensual. The D.A. proceeded with a months-long investigation before declining Monday to move forward with thecase.