Friday, October 5, 2012

Diaz case gets special prosecutor

  • Last Updated: 5:51 AM, October 5, 2012
  • Posted: 7:36 PM, October 4, 2012
Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson has brought in a special prosecutor to handle a criminal case against the borough president’s sister.
Damaris Diaz, whose brother, Ruben Diaz, Jr. is the Bronx borough president, was busted recently on aggravated harassment charges for allegedly keying her boyfriend’s car.
At a pretrial hearing this week, Johnson brought in a prosecutor from Manhattan to handle the case against Damaris, 43, an NYPD sergeant, because of a potential conflict of interest.
“We requested the appointment of a Special District Attorney to avoid any appearance of impropriety because of past political support from the defendant’s father and brother [to the DA],” said Johnson spokesman Steven Reid.
Damaris’ father, Ruben Diaz Sr. is a state senator. She is still under an order of protection to stay away from the boyfriend, cop Edward Velasquez.

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