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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hearing Set in Brewer Case


As I have previously discussed, Leatrice Brewer admitted to drowning her three children in 2008 and then attempting suicide.  After being found not guilty because of mental disease, she is now requesting a portion of her children’s $350,000 estate.

Brewer’s attorneys claim she shouldn’t be subject to New York’s Son of Sam Law, which prevents criminals from profiting from their crimes, because she was never convicted.  Nassau County Surrogate’s Court Judge Edward McCarty has scheduled a November 6 hearing on her request.

If Brewer succeeds, this case could establish a precedent in New York; however, Brewer is unlikely to see any money because of a $1.2 million lien against her for psychiatric services she has since received. 

See Frank Eltman, NY Mom Who Killed 3 Kids Wants Cut of Their Estate, Associated Press, Oct. 4, 2013.

Special thanks to Daniel P. Buckley (Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP) for bringing this article to my attention.


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