News for Norm Pattis
"I think he doesn't deserve this, and I think it's sad."
Mar 12, 2018 - Reason
A jury acquitted former Yale student Saifullah Khan last week of committing rape on Halloween night in 2015. If you read Time, The New York Times, The Yale Daily News, or any number of other mainstream media outlets' coverage of the case, this verdict may seem like a travesty of justice, even a calculated counterstrike against the #MeToo movement.
Khan's defense attorney put the victim on trial, critics say, by asking her uncomfortable questions about her sexy Halloween costume, her...
Attorney Norm Pattis, whose aggressive defense of a former Yalie led to the student’s acquittal on charges that he sexually assaulted another Yale student, says he has no regrets about his courtroom tactics but he feels “terrible” about “the ordeal” the accuser went through.
In a trial marked by high emotions and graphic sexual testimony, a New Haven Superior Court jury of three women and three men last week found Saifullah Khan, now 25, not guilty of sexual...
Mar 9, 2018 - Time
How much did she have to drink? Why didn’t she wear a more modest outfit? Why did she and the man she later accused of raping her look “like two lovers” while walking together on campus? These are some of the questions that defense attorneys asked a Yale University student who brought a rape complaint against her classmate.
The questioning occurred during a rare criminal trial over a campus sexual assault case, and is all the more striking amid an ongoing national...
A jury Wednesday acquitted a former Yale student of raping a fellow student two and a half years ago. Now, he is seeking reinstatement to the university.
A Yale University student has been found not guilty of raping a female peer on Halloween night in 2015.
A six-person jury deliberated three hours before rendering its verdict that 25-year-old Saifullah Khan had not raped the woman, who claimed Khan forced himself on her after the two had been drinking.
New Haven attorney Norm Pattis notched the victory, telling the Connecticut Law Tribune Wednesday afternoon that the trial lasted seven days.
“This was consensual. They...
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Saifullah Khan predicted four months ago he would beat his prosecution on rape charges.
The ex-Yale University student was right – but he’d probably have a different verdict if his accuser had chosen a Title IX proceeding instead of one where Khan could have gone to prison.
The Yale Daily News reports that it took less than four hours for six jurors to acquit Khan Wednesday on all four counts – “sexual assault in the first, second, third or fourth...
Saifullah Khan, who had been on trial on sexual assault charges, was found not guilty on all counts Wednesday.
The jury’s decision in the emotional and controversial case, announced shortly after 12:30 p.m., prompted Khan, now 25, to bow his head in relief. After court adjourned, he hugged his supporters and his attorney, Daniel Erwin. Co-counsel Norm Pattis was away on another case.
Khan had testified Tuesday that his accuser actually was the sexual aggressor who invited him...
When a jury in the trial of a Yale college student on rape charges returned a verdict of not guilty on Wednesday, after barely three hours of deliberations, the message seemed clear: Evidence that might warrant punishment from a campus panel was insufficient for a court of law.
At the heart of the trial was the question of whether the complainant could have agreed to have sex with the defendant, Saifullah Khan, 25, on Halloween night in 2015, when the two found themselves in her dorm room...
A suspended Yale University student accused of raping another undergraduate student in 2015 has been acquitted of all charges, and his lawyer is calling on the school to reinstate him.
A state jury in New Haven on Wednesday found Saifullah Khan not guilty of four sexual assault charges.
The 25-year-old Afghanistan native was charged with raping a female student in her dorm room on Halloween night.
The woman told police Khan took advantage of her when she was drunk and raped...
A suspended Yale University student from Afghanistan accused of raping a female undergraduate student in 2015 has been acquitted of all charges, and his lawyer is calling on the school to reinstate him.
A state jury in New Haven on Wednesday found Saifullah Khan not guilty of four sexual assault charges in less than four hours.
According to the New Haven Register, Khan testified that he has no real home. Last week he told the paper’s reporter: “I am alone in...
Yale student Saifullah Khan, 25, was suspended by the university after being accused of sexually assaulting a female classmate on Halloween night, 2015. On Wednesday, he was found not guilty of rape, following a court trial in which defense attorneys repeatedly attempted to discredit the alleged victim for drinking and not wearing a more modest costume.
As the New York Times reports, the trial against Khan was noteworthy given just how few campus rapes make it to trial — and how...
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