The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is known for their aggressive prosecutions of sex crimes, in particular "date rape" allegations. Bruce Barket and Aida Leisenring recently defended a young man with no criminal record who was alleged to have had non consensual sex with a woman he met through a dating app. He pleaded not guilty and always maintained his innocence. The trial lasted four weeks and the prosecution’s evidence consisted of testimony from the complainant, her roommate, a nurse practitioner, a toxicologist, a DNA expert, and medical records and text messages.
The jury acquitted our client after 40 minutes of deliberations. We believed in our client’s innocence and are grateful that we were able to end this nightmare of litigation which lasted nearly three years.