As police prepared to remove more evidence from Levy Aron’s attic apartment, his legal team suffered a body-blow today.
Defense co-counsel Gerard Marrone abruptly resigned from the case, telling Eyewitness News that he simply could not in good conscience continue to represent Aron, who is accused of abducting and murdering an 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn.
“The allegations were too horrific, and it’s not something I wanted to be involved in,” he told 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.”
Marrone admitted there was a time earlier this week when he cried over the death of Leiby Kletzky.
Marrone and his co-counsel Pierre Bazile suggested last week that Aron was schizophrenic and said they were considering an insanity defense.
Bazile sought to downplay that speculation this afternoon
“Reports in the press that a so-called ‘insanity defense’ is planned are premature,” he said in a statement. “Please refrain from publishing this erroneous information.”
People in the community we spoke with insisted that an insanity plea would be an injustice.
I wonder how genuine this news is as eyewitness news has nothing about this. Google gerared marrone you also get nothing bout his quit. Looks like levis getting a tough blow.
Why would an insanity plea be an injustice (if that’s what he really was)?? The man would still be taken out of society
The problem is people are looking for ‘justice’ to the legal system rather than HKB’H
It would seem from here that the claim of insanity fell through! (The testing was already done, but the results weren’t made public, but I’m sure his lawyers know the results.)
I heard that he was psychologically tested and the Drs can not figure out what’s wrong with him which means that it is probably a put on, on Levi Aaron’s part.
He came from an abusive home. Someone has to plead the case – even in the Beis Din Shel Maalah there also has to be a defender, a sanegor.
May Hashem forgive us and this atone for our sins.
I cannot believe the story that a lawyer bowed out because he could not in good conscience plead the case. That is not an acceptable legal reason for bowing out. A lawyer can bow out because he lives to far from his client or he has become a witness in the case, but becoming convinced of the guilt of his client does not help. A lawyer can get disbarred for such action.
if he was prescribed all this medication, he had to be under a Psychiatrist’s care therefore if his own doctor did NOT diagnose him as insane, they are not going to be able to use that as a plea.
#6 – Is that really true? I’ve never heard of such a thing. Where is the law that a lawyer can be forced to handle a client against his will?
ERBP – Here is the Eyewitness News (ABC) link (with video of report) http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8262876 and here’s another source for the story at MSNC – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43854595/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/
If you’re right then you see how weak the prosecution’s case is that this defense lawyer would even put his career on the line for his conscience.
#8 is correct – there is no such law.