This letter is in response to Joel’s Cohen column “When a Prosecutor Must Make the Hard Decision to Dismiss or Downgrade” regarding the dropped rape charges. I represent Anna Chambers in her federal civil action. Mr. Cohen is further perpetuating the historical attacks on rape victims. He neglects to mention that the 2 decided motions to strike the indictment based on the victim’s testimony and statements were denied.
The physical evidence establishing the detectives’ DNA and video evidence of the victim being in the NYPD van has never been refuted. The law had to be changed to reflect the power dynamic that there could not be consent when 2 detectives were having sex with their diminutive teenage detainee. It is our position that the victim has always been credible as to the facts of the case.
Michael N. David is the attorney for Anna Chambers.