We are grateful that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has done the right thing in dismissing the remaining charges against Zalman Silber, and ending a year and a half nightmare for him.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) December 23, 2009
Zalman Silber, one of the pillars of NY business, was accused a year ago with pretending to be a doctor, had all charges dismissed today by Manhattan D.A. No charges remain (case #3898-2008, Supreme Court New York County).
Mr. Silber is the president of Tower Entertainment Corporation, the largest developer of location based entertainment attractions in the world, having developed the Empire State Building NY SkyRide in New York, NY, the Sydney Tower SkyTour attraction in Australia, as well as many other leading cutting edge attractions throughout the world.
Attorney Jacob Laufer who represented Mr. Silber released the following statement to the press:
"We are grateful that the Manhattan District Attorney's Office has done the right thing in dismissing the remaining charges against Zalman Silber, and ending a year and a half nightmare for him. Mr. Silber has continuously maintained his innocence of these charges.
"The charges were instigated by his disgruntled ex-wife, and resulted in charges filed against him in Rockland County and in Manhattan. In Rockland County, the D.A. dismissed the charges in September. The District Attorney's Office explained that it would not go forward with his ex-wife's vicious accusations, because she was discredited as a witness after committing perjury and falsely testifying in a similar trial with Mr. Andrew Dale and her former husband Mr. Zalman Silber. That trial ended in a full dismissal due to the fact that the D.A. determined she was continuously lying under oath.
"The Manhattan case, which was brought, again, at Mr. Silber's ex-wife's instigation, relied upon ambiguous identifications by two out of four witnesses. The identifications -- which drew heavily upon Mr. Silber's appearance as an Orthodox Jew, an appearance that he shares with many thousands of other people -- were obviously mistaken. One witness reported that the perpetrator had buck teeth, which Mr. Silber obviously did not have, and does not have. Another witness description of the perpetrator was of someone about 20 years older than Mr. Silber. In September, the Court in Manhattan determined that the District Attorney's Office did not conduct a reasonably diligent investigation, which resulted in the dismissal of most of the Manhattan charges. The remaining charges in Manhattan have now thankfully been dismissed.
"Mr. Silber has suffered horribly in his personal and professional relationships. He has been reviled and mocked in press accounts that wrongfully assumed his guilt. He has had a deserved reputation as a decent man, and as a benefactor to his community, which has been damaged by these unjust accusations. He looks forward to the restoration of his reputation."
When asked, Zalman Silber said, "I am glad this is all over, and very grateful to my friends and business partners throughout the world who have been so supportive during this difficult period."
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