Judge in Etan Patz murder case will not release Grand Jury minutes early
A Manhattan judge ruled today that the grand jury minutes for the indictment of the alleged murderer of 8-year-old Etan Patz will not be released early.
Pedro Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and murder in the 1979 disappearance of Patz.
According to defense attorney Harvey Fishbein, the prosecution’s case is dependant solely upon the confession of his mentally ill client. He asked for the grand jury minutes, which are usually sealed, to be released early in order to show the prosecution’s lack of evidence.
“The judge didn’t feel there was a benefit to disclosing grand jury minutes,” Fishbein told the New York Post. Additionally, he stated that he would seek a dismissal at the next hearing scheduled for April 17.
Patz’ disappearance led to a massive search, but the child’s body was never found. His face was the original “missing child” on milk cartons.
Ryan Kerns, Esq. Wild About Trial
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