Prosecutor Quits Over Jewish 'Hooker' Case

By Forward Staff

Published May 25, 2012.
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A top Brooklyn prosecutor has reportedly resigned amid questions over her handling of a racially charged Crown Heights prostitution case.

Lauren Hersh, the head of the district attorney’s sex trafficking unit, handled the probe that led to two black men being charged with raping an Orthodox Jewish girl and pimping her out starting when she was 13, the New York Times reported.. Two other men were charged with raping her.

She quit on May 24, the paper said.

Major questions emerged regarding the handling of the case last month. The Times said even before the indictments the woman reacanted some of the allegations and admitted that she was willingly having sex with the men for some time.

In April, a judge ordered two of the men freed from jail where they were being held pending trial. The other two remain behind bars on unrelated charges.

The case is explosive because authorities may have been too quick to believe the allegations against black men brought by a Jewish woman.


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