NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- New York criminal defense law firm, Tilem & Campbell is pleased to announce the complete acquittal on all charges of a client charged with multiple counts of attempted Rape in the First Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The trial was held in Queens Supreme Court, Kew Gardens, New York. The acquittal followed a weeklong trial in which the victim testified. The incident was alleged to have occurred during the summer of 2008 but was not reported to the police until January 2009. The case was tried by Senior Partner Peter H. Tilem of Tilem & Campbell but was also handled by Managing Partner John Campbell and Associate Jean Melino. The client was facing 15 years in prison and the likelihood of deportation if convicted.
Although initially charged with Rape in the First Degree, after some investigation, the client was indicted on two counts of Attempted Rape in the First Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child by a Queens County Grand Jury. Despite the indictment the defense found numerous problems with the prosecution's case.
Mr. Tilem focused the defense on the numerous inconsistent statements made by the victim to police, the District Attorney's Office and the medical doctors who examined her. In fact, Mr. Tilem called an Assistant District Attorney that interviewed the victim as a defense witness. In the end, there were too many inconsistencies in the alleged victim's story to hold up in Court according to Tilem.
Although Mr. Tilem was the trial attorney, John Campbell handled the matter during pre-trial litigation and associate, Jean Melino handled motion practice, including a successful motion to preclude some prosecution evidence.
Tilem & Campbell, PC is a White Plains, New York based criminal defense firm that handles criminal cases throughout Westchester County, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and the lower Hudson Valley including Putnam, Orange, Rockland, and Dutchess Counties.
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