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Judge denies perv Columbia U. gynecologist public defender

Judge denies perv Columbia U. gynecologist public defender
Dr. Robert Hadden had requested a public defender, claiming on an unsigned, handwritten financial form that he had only $145,000 cash and few other assets. Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Berman called the document “woefully inadequate.”

xml:space="preserve"> xml:space="preserve"> A former Columbia University gynecologist accused of sexually abusing dozens of patients over two decades must pay for a defense attorney out of his own pocket after a judge ruled he wasn’t being forthcoming about his finances.Robert Hadden, the gynecologist accused of sexually abusing patients, in Manhattan Supreme Court on Feb.Robert Hadden had requested a public defender, claiming on an unsigned, handwritten financial form that he had only $145,000 cash and few other assets.(Alec Tabak/New York Daily News) “Based upon a review of all of the evidence presented, the Court is constrained to find that the defendant’s portrayal of financial inability ‘lacks credibility,’” Berman wrote.

The new federal charges have revived questions about why prosecutors in Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office agreed to the slap on the wrist plea deal.Hadden pleaded guilty in state court in 2016 to acts with “no valid medical purpose” on two patients, lost his medical license and served zero jail time.

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