Harvard Law to honor public defender who lied about participation in anti-cop video

What is the proper response for a woman whose most notable achievement is having her office participate in an anti cop video?

You honor her at one of the nation’s top law schools of course.

Harvard Law School students are planning to honor Robin Steinberg, who got caught lying about the role of her organization, the taxpayer-funded Bronx Defenders, in a now-infamous rap video that included thugs putting guns to the head of cops, according to the New York Post.

Bronx Defenders
Screengrab from the “Hands Up” video filmed in part at the Bronx Defenders office.

She will be among 50 female lawyers and policy makers honored as an “inspiration” for law students.

The “inspirational” Steinberg  is currently serving a 60-day suspension as executive director of the Bronx Defenders following an investigation by city investigators that found that she lied about her group’s role in the video.

The video was for a rap titled “Hands Up,” that includes the line “For Mike Brown and Sean Bell, a cop got to get killed.”

A portion of the video was filmed in the Bronx Defenders offices and featured two Bronx Defenders attorneys, Ryan Napoli and Kumar Rao, who were forced to resign amid the scandal.

Regardless, the students at Harvard Law will hang her picture in Wasserstein Hall as part of their International Women’s Day festivities.

Steinberg will also be lauded by two student groups, Harvard Women’s Law Association and the Harvard Law and International Development Society, at a keynote speech scheduled for March 10.

New York police officials are understandably angry at the university for its decision to honor Steinberg.

“In that she lied to city investigators regarding her role in the disgusting ‘Hands Up’ cop-killer video, it is obvious that she is not being honored for her ethics, integrity or for her management skills,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch told the Post.

“Harvard is a highly respected academic institution that has world-renowned alumni,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins added. “For whatever reason, it has its moments where there is purely a lack of common sense.”

A school spokesman told the Post that Steinberg would be honored in spite of the controversy.


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