Pi­o­neer pros­e­cu­tor of sex crimes shares tales

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By JAN SJOSTROM

When Linda Fairstein — model for the NBC tele­vi­sion se­ries Law & Or­der: SVU — joined the Man­hat­tan district at­tor­ney’s of­fice in 1972, she was one of only seven women on a staff of 200 at­tor­neys.

Just the year be­fore, only 18 of the 1,000 men ar­rested for sex crimes in Man­hat­tan were con­victed. There were no spe­cial vic­tims units any­where in the coun­try.

No won­der she hes­i­tated when she was asked in 1976 to head the of­fice’s newly formed sex crimes unit.

Ob­sta­cles against suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tions were le­gion, she

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