A choose rejected arguments Wednesday that have been geared toward dismissing intercourse assault prices in opposition to a former New York gynecologist.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman additionally rejected a request by legal professionals for Robert Hadden that his upcoming trial be moved outdoors of New York. The Englewood, New Jersey, resident was arrested final yr.
A former gynecologist, Hadden has pleaded not responsible to prices accusing him of sexually abusing dozens of younger and unsuspecting feminine sufferers for over 20 years — together with a younger woman he’d delivered at beginning — whereas making an attempt to make the victims imagine the abuse was applicable and medically obligatory.
Hadden, 63, stays free on $1 million bail. Trial is scheduled for March 28.
Prosecutors stated they started their probe final yr earlier than acquiring an indictment charging Hadden with bringing sufferers, together with a number of minors, throughout state strains for the aim of sexual abuse from roughly 1993 to 2012.
Among arguments he rejected Wednesday, Berman famous that protection legal professionals asserted the federal authorities was prosecuting the case as a instrument of state prosecutors.
He referred to as the idea “far-fetched, speculative, conclusory” and stated that though there was no referral of the case from a New York district lawyer to federal authorities, it could not be improper if it had occurred.
The choose additionally rejected a request to maneuver the trial to a different venue, saying pretrial publicity was not pervasive and half of the jury pool in Manhattan federal court docket comes from outdoors Manhattan anyway.
A message looking for remark was despatched to Hadden’s legal professionals.
The indictment stated the abuse occurred at medical workplaces and Manhattan hospitals whereas Hadden labored as a medical physician at Columbia University and at New York Presbyterian Hospital. The two establishments introduced a settlement earlier this month with 79 ladies who say they have been abused by Hadden, and established a $71.5 million compensation fund.