Criminal Justice

Authorities return PI lawyer's computers, but he likely won't have much chance to use them


The computers seized by federal and state authorities in February from a well-known New York personal injury attorney have been returned.

But Martin Rothschild apparently won’t be getting much, if any, opportunity to use them during the foreseeable future. He has taken a plea in an Onondaga County Court criminal case, following a child pornography investigation, reports the Post-Standard.

An previous Post-Standard article reported that authorities said they found 30 child-porn videos on Rothschild’s electronic equipment.

Rothschild pleaded guilty earlier this month to felony promotion of the sexual performance of a child and agreed to give up his law practice. He is expected to get three years when he is sentenced in June.

Former state Supreme Court Justice John Cherundolo, who is now back in practice, is handling Rothschild’s cases. His lawyer, Stephen Lance Cimino, had urged the court to expedite the return of Rothschild’s computers, to protect confidential client information.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Attorney hasn’t been charged, but police search home and law office computers”

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