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.
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