Friday, July 19, 2019

Mother's Old Cell Phone

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered an interim suspension of an attorney under the provision relating to a criminal conviction. 

TAPinto reported on his arrest in October 2018

Lawrence J. Weinstein, a local lawyer from Ardmore, PA, has been arrested last week, and criminally charged for allegedly conspiring with his girlfriend, Kelly Drucker, 45, who also faces charges, to take “intimate” photographs of unknowing women. Weinstein, a former Township Supervisor in Northampton, PA, practiced law at Silver & Silver, which has placed him on leave amid felony charges.

According to Newsweek, both Weinstein and Drucker were booked on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, by Northampton police. The pair were charged with multiple felonies, including violating the Pennsylvania Wiretap Act, committing false imprisonment, invasion of privacy, reckless endangerment and criminal conspiracy, according to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.

Weinstein and Drucker turned themselves in to the authorities on the 9th. Weinstein had been elected to a 6-year term as a Town Supervisor in 2013 but stepped down from the post last month citing personal reasons for his departure.

The charges stem from an incident last year in which investigators found evidence of Weinstein coaching Drucker via text message to get a victim drunk, disrobe the woman and take photos using spy glasses, and another from 2012 in which Weinstein allegedly sexually assaulted an unconscious woman.

On Nov. 10, 2017, authorities said Drucker and the victim had dinner at a restaurant. Weinstein, who was not present, stayed in contact throughout the meal with Drucker via text messages, coaching Drucker on how to convince the woman to come home with her, prosecutors said.

The Newsweek article contains details of those texts:

“Can you see anything,” Weinstein, 44, allegedly asked in a text to his 45-year-old girlfriend Kelly Drucker minutes past midnight on November 11, 2017, according to a Northampton Township Police criminal complaint obtained by Newsweek.

“Absolutely,” Drucker allegedly responded of the moment the first victim was blacking out.

Drucker had been dining with the woman, identified in the complaint as “Victim #1” at a local Mexican Restaurant.

Their correspondence showcased Weinstein coaching Drucker to keep plying the woman with Everclear, tease her about having a threesome and get her drunk enough to return to Drucker’s home where he could watch a peepshow using a webcam that was trained on the toilet.

The investigation began when evidence was brought to police by Drucker's ex-husband. In August of this year, the man noticed his daughter had a different cell phone. She explained it was her mother's old cell phone. After inspecting the cell phone, the man discovered numerous text messages and photos that detailed what Drucker was up to with Weinstein. The man brought the phone to the Northampton police and the investigation was underway. 

After obtaining a search warrant for Weinstein's home, authorities seized cell phones, an Apple iPad and computers. The iPad contained further evidence that there may have been more victims.  There were 72 pictures, including Weinstein taking selfies and others of himself and an unconscious woman identified in a court affidavit as “Victim #2.”

When informed of the images in question, Victim #2 told authorities she had no recollection of the photo session Weinstein conducted and further stated that “she did not consent to Weinstein to taking photos and touch her intimate body parts.”

District Judge Daniel J. Finello Jr. set bail Tuesday for both Weinstein and Drucker of $300,000. They both have preliminary hearings set for Oct. 18.

Weinstein's Justia entry lists his areas of practice as:

    • Animal & Dog Law
    • Elder Law
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Personal Injury

He was working at Silver & Silver, but after the charges were filed the firm placed Weinstein on administrative leave and removed him from their website. Weinstein's status with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania remains “Active”—meaning he isn’t disbarred or under Administrative Suspension.

Newsradio KYW also reported on the case. (Mike Frisch)

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