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Columbia Professor and Huffington Post Contributor David Epstein Pleads Guilty in Incest Case
The Other McCain ^ | May 25, 2011 | Robert Stacy McCain

Posted on 05/27/2011 8:58:32 AM PDT by Parody

You will recall that Palin-hating blogger David Epstein was arrested in December and charged with felony incest for having sex with his adult daughter (now 24) from 2006 through 2009.

One of our readers has obtained court documents (for Case #2010NY090162) indicating that Epstein copped a plea to a misdemeanor charge of attempted incest. (Click the image to enlarge).

That ruling was on May 11 — two weeks ago — and yet I can find no news reports about Epstein’s conviction. You might think that at least the New York Times would find the disposition of this case newsworthy.

The alert reader who informed me of this previously unreported news also passed along the court documents to some members of the Columbia University faculty, resulting in this angry e-mail from Epstein’s lawyer:

From: Matthew Galluzzo
Date: Tue, May 24, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Subject: notice
To: [Redacted]

Mr. [Redacted], I am an attorney and I represent Dr. Epstein. Please be advised that he does not wish to receive any further communications from you ever again. I have already alerted the District Attorney’s Office to the emails you have sent him thus far, and should you ever contact him or me again, we will make the appropriate criminal complaint to law enforcement.

Matthew J. Galluzzo, Esq.
Galluzzo & Johnson LLP
48 Wall Street, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10005

Well, facts are facts and if Professor Epstein has now pleaded guilty, the presumption of innocence is over. Epstein is still listed as a faculty member on the Columbia University Web site.

Is Epstein’s behavior something that the university tolerates or approves?

Someone should ask Professor John Huber (jdh39@columbia.edu), chairman of the Department of Political Science, or Columbia University President Lee Bollinger (officeofthepresident@columbia.edu).

UPDATE: Linked by Jeff G. at Protein Wisdom — thanks!

UPDATE II: Linked by Ann Coulter — thanks!

UPDATE III: Linked by Don Surber and Piece of Work in Progress — thanks!

UPDATE IV: Linked by the American Pundit — thanks!

UPDATE V: Linked by POH Diaries and by Rodney Graves at Wizbang – thanks!

UPDATE VI: Linked by Maggie’s Notebook — thanks! — and welcome, Instapundit readers!

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: daughter; epstein; incest; palin
Like a great many, I hadn't been following this closely, but now the word is out. As McCain says, the presumption of innocence is gone. Now it's official: David Epstein, the left-wing Palin-bashing hypocrite, is a criminal pervert.
1 posted on 05/27/2011 8:58:38 AM PDT by Parody
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To: Parody

yeeesh, that’s so hideous.


2 posted on 05/27/2011 8:59:41 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: Parody
Sounds like he had a Woody for his daughter.

What's wrong with that?...

3 posted on 05/27/2011 9:03:02 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 855 of our national holiday from reality. - Obama really isn't one of us)
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To: Parody

Liberals are such nice people.........


4 posted on 05/27/2011 9:03:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (Jesus said there is no marriage in Heaven. That's why they call it Heaven............)
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To: Parody

I’m not sure which is worse - the crime itself, or that he was allowed to plead out of it...

Can a book deal be far off?


5 posted on 05/27/2011 9:05:46 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Parody

The Libs are pretty messed up.


6 posted on 05/27/2011 9:06:45 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Parody

The elites in our country are now a force unto themselves. He’s getting the Dominique Strauss-Kahn treatment.


7 posted on 05/27/2011 9:08:16 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Parody

David Epstein, 46, was charged Thursday with one count of third-degree incest. Police told the Spectator that the relationship appeared consensual.

Epstein is currently on administrative leave.

According to the New York Daily News, Epstein and the woman had a three-year sexual relationship and often exchanged “twisted text messages.”

The Spectator reports that Epstein is married to another Columbia political science professor, Sharyn O’Halloran, though a recent update to his Facebook page says he is single. The couple was featured in a 2008 Spectator article about professors who “bring love to work.”

“Our complementary skills lead to a great partnership,” O’Halloran told the Spectator.


8 posted on 05/27/2011 9:09:24 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: null and void

LOL, when I first saw the photo I thought, “This guy looks just like Woody Allen, and his daughter is also Asian, like Woody’s.....wait a minute ....... OH, that IS Woody Allen.”


9 posted on 05/27/2011 9:10:41 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: Parody

10 posted on 05/27/2011 9:12:00 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

The Spectator reports that Epstein is married to another Columbia political science professor, Sharyn O’Halloran,’............................................

What kind of woman would stay married to a pervert who has sex with his daughter?


11 posted on 05/27/2011 9:13:41 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Parody

“Sources said the victim was over 18 when the relationship began in 2006 ......”

Yeah, I’ll bet it only began when she was of age, sure.


12 posted on 05/27/2011 9:16:53 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: Venturer

The liberal kind.

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/polisci/fac-bios/ohalloran/faculty.html


13 posted on 05/27/2011 9:19:42 AM PDT by vladimir998 (When anti-Catholics can't debate they just make stuff up.)
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To: null and void

As disgusting as I find Woody Allen’s marrying his stepdaughter, it was his stepdaughter, no biological ties.

This dude has taken it to a whole other level!!

Wonder when he’s booked for Jerry Springer??


14 posted on 05/27/2011 9:20:15 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Venturer

But wait! “ ... though a recent update to his Facebook page says he is single.” Don’t know why, but this made me laugh.


15 posted on 05/27/2011 9:20:44 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Parody

This is so disgusting that I almost physically feel like I’m smelling something bad. Even if it really did begin when the daughter was over 18 (which I don’t believe at all), a parent could NEVER have a truly consensual relationship with a child. That parent/child inequality will always be there. We are set up to trust and lean on our parents for our entire lives (which is why it feels so weird when parents hit old age and have to lean on us instead). I hope all his friends shun him completely and he ends up leaving the country. How horrible.


16 posted on 05/27/2011 9:22:24 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ("And I'm actually happy to be, for us to be the moat with alligators party." -- Mark Steyn)
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To: Venturer
This kind, I guess:

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/polisci/fac-bios/ohalloran/faculty.html


17 posted on 05/27/2011 9:22:47 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: vladimir998

yikes, i can understand why he did not want to have sex with his wife; but the dude should have looked somewhere else besides his daughters bedroom. That is messed up


18 posted on 05/27/2011 9:23:33 AM PDT by martinidon
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To: bigbob

How can acts of incest that extended for 3 years be plead down to “attempted” incest? Was he unable to complete the act?


19 posted on 05/27/2011 9:23:45 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Parody

From the same twisted freaks who insinuate Southerners are rife with this kind of thing. Yet, when it’s their own, it’s some kind of enlightened state of mind that indulges in unconventional sex.


20 posted on 05/27/2011 9:24:49 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: Parody
Or is he?

"When then-Sen. Rick Santorum made the reductio ad absurdum argument in 2003 that same-sex marriage would lead to legitimating bigamy, polygamy, incest, and, indeed, “anything,” Slate supported his logic, asking, “Incest repellent? If gay sex is private, why isn’t incest?”...

"In 2010, Columbia political science professor David Epstein was discovered to have been having an incestuous though consensual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison. But under the rubric of “marriage equality,” there should be no crime here, and nothing to shock. How Victorian, after all. Is the relationship unnatural? Apparently we’re beyond that."

http://online.worldmag.com/2011/05/25/marriage-equality-floodgates/

21 posted on 05/27/2011 9:25:28 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: faucetman
yeah, bet she made those claims to keep daddy out of prison. I wonder if the daughter and mother are still on speaking terms. I guess if they are speaking they have something in common. eeewwwww
22 posted on 05/27/2011 9:25:40 AM PDT by martinidon
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Good question. My guess is this was just a convenient plea that was copped in exchange for a sizable check written to an elite NYC law firm.


23 posted on 05/27/2011 9:28:17 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: texas_mrs

[ From the same twisted freaks who insinuate Southerners are rife with this kind of thing. Yet, when it’s their own, it’s some kind of enlightened state of mind that indulges in unconventional sex. ]

I wonder how many times the slime bucket claimed that the members of the tea party were “incestuous southern redneck hicks” yet at the same times engaging in incest with his very own daughter.

It would be interesting to go through his articles and see if he ever made such statement which exposes he complete lunacy and hypocrisy.

But of course he is a Lib, and libs usually have the whole: “It’s okay if i do something immoral cause I am a Liberal” thing that the MSM will forgive them for. Of course because their own group doesn’t have high moral standards they can feel free to do all sorts of taboo actions, but since we in the conservative arena hold our selves to high moral standard the MSM jump down our back like a holy jihad if someone on our side is guilty of a slight moral ambiguity or even a perceived one.


24 posted on 05/27/2011 9:33:17 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

[ This is so disgusting that I almost physically feel like I’m smelling something bad. Even if it really did begin when the daughter was over 18 (which I don’t believe at all), a parent could NEVER have a truly consensual relationship with a child. That parent/child inequality will always be there. We are set up to trust and lean on our parents for our entire lives (which is why it feels so weird when parents hit old age and have to lean on us instead). I hope all his friends shun him completely and he ends up leaving the country. How horrible. ]

It is also the same reason Teacher/Student relationships are taboo along with Boss/Employee relationships. The whole inherent inequity of the power dynamic is there.


25 posted on 05/27/2011 9:35:23 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: KosmicKitty

She isn’t even Woody’s stepdaughter. He never married Mia Farrow.

Soon Yi is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Andre Previn. She has two parents. Allen isn’t one of them.


26 posted on 05/27/2011 9:37:24 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: null and void

She isn’t even Woody’s stepdaughter. He never married Mia Farrow.

Soon Yi is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Andre Previn. She has two parents. Allen isn’t one of them.


27 posted on 05/27/2011 9:37:44 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: kcvl

If the relationship “appears to be consensual” they cannot rely on testimony from the victim. Hence the cheesy plea deal.


28 posted on 05/27/2011 9:47:59 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: CaptainK

You are correct. I forgot that Allen never married Farrow, though they did have one biological child and did adopt 2 together.

So, if may be distasteful, but that’s about it.

This other guy, though, is sick!!


29 posted on 05/27/2011 9:57:55 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: KosmicKitty
As disgusting as I find Woody Allen’s marrying his stepdaughter, it was his stepdaughter, no biological ties.

If I remember correctly, she was the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, who had lived with Woody for a long time, but I don't believe they ever married. So technically, she wasn't even his step-daughter.

He's still a scumbag, though.

Mark

30 posted on 05/27/2011 10:01:04 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: KosmicKitty

Both men are amoral, but the real Dad wins hands down.

Just the thought turns my stomach.


31 posted on 05/27/2011 10:06:17 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: faucetman

Well heck, since she was 18, that makes everything okey-dokey!

That. Is. Truely. Disgusting.


32 posted on 05/27/2011 10:17:13 AM PDT by greatplains
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To: null and void

As perverse and weird as Woody Allen’s thing is, this guy is even worse since, as I understand it, he is the girl’s natural biological father.


33 posted on 05/27/2011 10:17:42 AM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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Plead guilty. That's just absolutely repulsive.

As a man, I can't imagine looking at a kid, let alone my own, and think...that.

Men are supposed to protect their kids, especially their daughters, from predators.

34 posted on 05/27/2011 10:48:45 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (I am not lead by any politician. I am my own leader.)
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To: kcvl

“consensual” Really? Just how consensual is it when thigns like this usually start to happen when one still should be playing with dolls and all of the emotional damage and the wanting of approval that acts like this carry?Someone should do somethign really awful to him to make sure he can’t do this anymore!


35 posted on 05/27/2011 10:57:42 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Parody

Based on the lawyer’s reasoning that Epstein’s daughter was an “accomplice” rather than “victim,” can the FL prosecutors use the same argument for Casey Anthony? (of course, the claim there is that the abuse started when she was 8 years old).


36 posted on 05/27/2011 12:18:08 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

If Casey Anthony was molested by her father and/or brother why didn’t she get a damn job and MOVE?!

She is a freaking liar and murderer whose family gave her way too much benefit of the doubt and financial support that she didn’t deserve for a grown woman with a child.


37 posted on 05/27/2011 12:38:51 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

I keep hearing that Casey Anthony’s attorney threw that abuse line out there to create a ‘seed of doubt’ that would make it difficult for a jury to convict her ‘beyond a shadow of a doubt’ which is required of capital offenses. They may have done better and been more on target with an insanity defense. She is absolutely nuts. And a murderer of her own beautiful child whose offense seems to have been getting in the way of her mother’s social life. Just too tragic for that little girl.


38 posted on 05/27/2011 1:41:45 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Parody

Heard on the Hudson: “Row faster. I hear banjos.”


39 posted on 05/27/2011 1:50:51 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: GraceG
It is also the same reason Teacher/Student relationships are taboo along with Boss/Employee relationships. The whole inherent inequity of the power dynamic is there.

Unless you're a Democratic president fooling around with an intern. /s

40 posted on 05/27/2011 2:10:32 PM PDT by newzjunkey (teleprompter + autopen)
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To: bigbob

Did she play Morticia on the Addams Family?

Pasty faced, pale skinned, not exactly sexy is she?


41 posted on 05/27/2011 2:13:06 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Parody

No wonder he hated Palin. She is the opposite of a pervert child molester. He’s for the Kenyan!


42 posted on 05/27/2011 5:51:58 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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