Court Rules Defendant’s Lawyer Not Entitled To Evidence

Neil Cohen

Neil Cohen

STATE – Former Assemblyman Neil Cohen’s lawyer is not entitled to review the child pornography images his client allegedly printed from his legislative computer, a state appeals court ruled last week.

The Attorney General’s office appealed an earlier decision by Superior Court Judge Gerald J. Council that required prosecutors to hand over “two digital copies of child pornography,” according to court documents.

Both the Attorney General’s office and Cohen’s lawyer, Mark Tuohey, may discuss the issue in court on June 1.

Cohen was indicted on charges of official misconduct, reproduction of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography by a grand jury on Dec. 17. He pleaded not guilty last month.

During his 17 years in the state Assembly, Cohen sponsored more than 100 laws, including one creating a 24-hour hotline for the public to report computer crimes, such as child pornography.

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