Writer’s Statements Excluded from Sex Assault Trial
Posted Apr 25, 2007 7:56 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A New York judge has excluded a fashion writer’s incendiary statements to a detective from evidence in his upcoming criminal trial for a sexual attack on an editor on Halloween 2005.
Peter Braunstein called his father a “media whore” for speaking to the press and asked an officer if the victim had a book contract.
Justice Thomas Farber ruled yesterday that the statements were made in violation of Braunstein’s right to a lawyer, according to the New York Times.
The defense contends Braunstein could not form an intent to commit the crime because of a brain disorder.