"This conduct erodes the credibility of the profession and undermines principles of fairness and impartiality in our courts," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.
“As alleged, Melissa Ringel violated her oath as an official of the court when she brazenly circumvented the rules to assist her husband, Frank Esposito, and his client, during the sale of a multimillion-dollar penthouse near Central Park,” said District Attorney Vance.
“The repatriation of these 27 stunning relics to the people of Cambodia restores an important link between the nation’s classical Angkor era and its modern customs and beliefs that, for far too long, was disrupted by the greed of stolen antiquities traffickers,” said District Attorney Vance.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today announced the return of 12 antiquities to the people of China during a repatriation ceremony attended by Consul General of China in New York, Huang Ping and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) Lead Case Agent John Paul Labbat.
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But in the rush to end today’s crisis, my office will not support a return to racially discriminatory “broken windows” policing strategies, which yield no reduction in violent crime. And we won’t roll back the progress we’ve made over the last decade, using the power of our discretion to massively reduce our criminal justice footprint and the inequities that underlie unnecessary prosecutions.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today called for the formation of a commission tasked with recommending holistic, evidence-based solutions to stop New York City’s sharp rise in violent crime over the past year.