Posts by Joel Siegel
- Joel Siegel at ABC News10 mths ago
Ed Koch, the brash, colorful and often confrontational mayor who helped to lead New York City out of its brush with bankruptcy in the 1970s, launching an astonishing municipal turnaround that continues to this day, has died. He was 88.
Koch was recently readmitted to the hospital after being treated for water in his lungs, The Associated Press reported. A spokesman confirmed the news of Koch's death early this morning.
In December, Koch recently battled pneumonia and was being treated with antibiotics and in September, he was hospitalized and was treated for anemia.
Koch took office on Jan 1, 1978 with New York City all but broke. Thousands of cops, firemen, sanitation workers and teachers had been laid off. Bridges were crumbling, the subways were caked in grime and graffiti, and crime was taking off.
Koch helped to restore the city's credit with budget cuts, and he revived the city's spirits with his unflagging enthusiasm for all things New York – and an unflinching willingness to stand up to opponents.
- Joel Siegel at Newsmakers1 yr ago
But for the celebrities, he adds, that’s not always a good thing.
“Every celebrity case I’ve been involved in – I’ve been involved in a great many – the one thing you can be sure of is they don’t get the same justice as everybody else,” Dershowitz says.
“It could be worse, it could be better, it’s never the same,” he tells Chris Cuomo, in an interview for the ABC News/Yahoo series, “Newsmakers.”
If you’re in serious legal trouble, being a bold-faced name can only help, he says.
“A, You get a much better lawyer. B, it’s not going to get lost. Everybody is going to be watching everything,” he says.
“The judges will be on their best behavior. Jurors will be thinking about how many books they can write after they get out of the jury room. Everybody is going to see this as a career maker and in the end I think the defendant generally will benefit,” he says. “Now it depends; every case is different. If the defendant is guilty, and guilty as could be, maybe not.”
But can it be worse if you’re a celebrity?
“Oh, of course,” Dershowitz tells Cuomo.