Shock Waves at Manhattan DA’s Office as Veteran Lawyers Are Laid Off
Posted Apr 16, 2010 1:52 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
Faced with a 25 percent budget cut, the newly elected Manhattan District Attorney has made layoffs.
Although the total number of positions Cyrus Vance Jr. cut was under 10, the action sent shock waves through the office because all the lawyers asked to resign were said by unidentified prosecutors to be seasoned veterans, reports the City Room blog of the New York Times.
“It’s been very unsettling, I think, for a lot of people because it hasn’t been part of the culture here that people would get fired,” one unidentified prosecutor tells the newspaper.
Among those said to be asked to resign is Harvey Rosen. A 39-year member of the office, Rosen made history in 2002 by winning Manhattan's first homicide conviction in which a body was never found. He declined to comment when contacted by the Times.
Related earlier coverage:
ABAJournal.com: "Manhattan DA Works Misdemeanor Call in Effort to Reduce Case Backlog"