Tacopina Successfully Defends High-Profile New York City Rape Case
Tacopina Successfully Defends HighProfile New York City Rape Case
•Despite a large quantity of evidence presented by the prosecution, a legal
team led by criminal defense attorney Joe Tacopina successfully defended
a New York City police officer accused of raping a young fashion
executive. The case initially caused public outrage, and news coverage
following the verdict stated that many had believed the officers would easily
•The officers received a call to help the woman, who was extremely drunk.
They were accused of accompanying her into her apartment and raping
her. The officers were convicted of three counts of official misconduct,
which stemmed from the fact that they entered the young woman’s
•Following a two-month trial, the jury reached a verdict of not guilty on
charges of rape, burglary, and falsifying business records. One juror stated
afterward that he did not think there was sufficient evidence to prove that
the officers had raped the woman and that her inability to remember the
event was problematic for the case.