Leslie Abramson

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Leslie Abramson
Born Leslie Hope Abramson
(1943-10-06) October 6, 1943 (age 70)
Flushing, Queens, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Queens College
UCLA School of Law
Occupation Attorney

Leslie Hope Abramson (born October 6, 1943)[1] is an American criminal defense attorney, best known for her role in the legal defense of Lyle and Erik Menendez.

Education[edit]

Born in Flushing, Queens, New York, Abramson graduated from Queens College, and in 1969 received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from UCLA School of Law.[2]

Career[edit]

Abramson was admitted to the California State Bar in 1970. She began her career in the Los Angeles Public Defender's office and developed a reputation as a fierce advocate for her clients.

She stirred controversy when it was revealed during the Menendez trial that she had Erik's psychiatrist delete and rewrite passages of his notes.[3] When asked by the judge about it she twice invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.[3] As a result, an investigation was launched by the state bar.[4] Following a three-year investigation the state bar closed its case, "after deciding that there was insufficient evidence to conclude she violated ethical rules in the Menendez brother's retrial."[5]

In 2004, she was hired by Phil Spector, who was charged with fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his suburban Alhambra, California mansion, replacing his former attorney, Robert Shapiro.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leslie Abramson Summary | BookRags.com
  2. ^ "All-Alumni Weekend 2007". UCLA School of Law. 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Counsel In The Hot Seat: Did Leslie Abramson Commit A Legal Sin?". Newsweek. April 22, 1996. Retrieved 2007-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Menendez Lawyer Won't Face Investigation". The New York Times. October 12, 1997. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Aftermath". Crime Library. 2008. Retrieved 2007-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Phil Spector replaces lawyer, hires Leslie Abramson to defend him". CNN. February 3, 2004. Archived from the original on 2006-12-09. Retrieved 2007-05-17.