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Attorney Charged in Child Porn Case Died in Mexico After News Reports of Alleged Crime

Posted Jun 23, 2011 3:18 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Updated: A former BigLaw associate who was criminally charged in a child pornography case described by a prosecutor as involving "truly sickening" images was found dead in Mexico City within a few days after the case was publicized.

Moshe Gerstein, 35, died June 16, Reuters reported. The cause isn't immediately known.

However, the Associated Press is now reporting, citing an unidentified source, that he committed suicide.

Gerstein was a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School and worked as an associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom before becoming an associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

A spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney said criminal charges against Gerstein were dropped yesterday, once his death was confirmed, Reuters reports.

An obituary in the Republican today provides further details about his family and a planned funeral service tomorrow.

The New York Law Journal also has a story about Gerstein's death and says his lawyer declined to comment.

Hat tip: Above the Law.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Ex-Gibson Dunn Lawyer, a Harvard Law Grad, Among 26 Arrested in ‘Truly Sickening’ Child Porn Sting"

Last updated at 5:38 p.m. to include Associated Press information.

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