Benjamin Brafman : biography
Benjamin "Ben" Brafman (born July 21, 1948) is an American criminal defense attorney, the founder of the Manhattan-based firm Brafman & Associates, P.C..Amanda Mayo, , South Shore Standard (June 8, 2012). Brafman is known for representing many high-profile defendants, including celebrities, accused Mafia members, and political figures.
After graduating from law school, Brafman worked for a criminal defense firm for two years, then became an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. In 1980, Brafman started his own law firm in Manhattan.Amanda Mayo, , South Shore Standard (June 8, 2012).
Brafman's client list has included Jacob Arabo, James Patino (who was cleared of all charges in the death of Yusef Hawkins),Eric Pace, (November 20, 1990). New York Times. Peter Gatien, Plaxico Burress, Michael Jackson, Carl Kruger,, editorial, New York Daily News, March 13, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-26. Charles Kushner,Horowitz, Craig, , New York magazine, May 21, 2005. Retrieved 2011-08-26. Marvell Scott,Melissa Grace, (August 26, 2011), New York Daily News. Sean Combs ("Puff Daddy"),Ralph Gardner Jr., (March 19, 2001). New York Observer crime boss Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, online gambling figure Jay Cohen,, Sports Illustrated (March 16, 1998), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Rabbi Menachem Youlus.Benjamin Weiser, , New York Times (October 11, 2012).
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs Illegal Gun and Bribery Charges
Brafman's profile rose following his winning the acquittal of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, who was acquitted from his 1999 illegal weapons and bribery charges. The criminal charges stemmed from a nightclub brawl, while accompanied by then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez and Combs' usual entourage, and witnessed by over 100 other people. Despite the numerous prosecution witnesses to Combs' culpability, and Combs' fame, Brafman's legal skills produced a unanimous 'not guilty' verdict.Horowitz, Craig, , New York magazine, n.d. Retrieved 2011-08-26.Italiano, Laura, , New York magazine, n.d. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
Plaxico Burress shooting
On November 30, 2008, Brafman was hired to represent NFL star Plaxico Burress who on August 3, 2009 was indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of reckless endangerment. Burress pleaded guilty to a weapons charge and was sentenced to two years in prison.
In 2011, Brafman represented former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a sexual assault case involving a member of the housekeeping staff of an upscale New York City hotel. Brafman and Strauss-Kahn's other lawyer, William W. Taylor, III, of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP,, Courthouse News. Retrieved 2011-08-23. gained first a recommendation that charges be dropped from New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance, and then charges dropped by New York State Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus.Bray, Chad, Michael Rothfeld and Tamer El-Ghobashy, , Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2011 3:13 P.M. EDT. Retrieved 2011-08-23.
Brafman discussed his defense of Strauss-Kahn on Charlie Rose in February, 2012., PBS, February 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
Early life and education
Brafman grew up in Brooklyn and Belle Harbor, Queens, and was the son of Holocaust survivors. He went to a yeshiva high school and took night classes at Brooklyn College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts.Amanda Mayo, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Copyright_violations, South Shore Standard (June 8, 2012).
Brafman received his J.D. with distinction from Ohio Northern University College of Law.Amanda Mayo, , South Shore Standard (June 8, 2012). He also has an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.
Brafman's family fled from Europe to Cuba on their way to the United States just before World War II. Brafman is a practicing Orthodox Jew.
His wife Lynda is a librarian. The Brafmans lived in a "cramped Forest Hills apartment" early in their marriage and, by 1998, lived in an "enormous Long Island brick mansion." Brafman has lived in the Five Towns area of western Long Island since 1981.Amanda Mayo, , South Shore Standard (June 8, 2012).
The couple has two grown children, Jennifer and David, and 13 grandchildren. His daughter lives in the Five Towns close to Brafman and his son lives in Israel, where Brafman travels often.Amanda Mayo, , South Shore Standard (June 8, 2012).
Brafman's older brother Aaron is an Orthodox rabbi in Far Rockaway.
Brafman is a "self-described 'short Jewish guy,'" standing no taller than five feet, six inches tall.
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