Lawyer defends incest-charged client: Columbia University professor

Lawyer defends incest-charged client: Columbia University professor
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Ratcheting up the creepy factor.

“It’s OK for homosexuals to do what they want at home, so how is this different?”

A respected professor at one of the nation’s leading Ivy League universities is defending his incestuous relationship with his daughter, as reported by the official newspaper of the Dallas Fort Worth Catholic Archdiocese.

Columbia University’s Professor David Epstein was charged with one count of incest for what was allegedly a consensual three-year sexual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter.

The 46-year-old political science professor who specializes in American politics and voting rights allegedly had a long-term sexual relations with his own child from 2006 until 2009.

Adding to the creepy factor, Epstein reportedly “exchanged twisted text messages” with his daughter during their sexual relationship.

Enter the Lawyer…

Defending the teacher of American youth is Matthew Galluzzo, who has said that even though his client’s daughter had emerged as a victim in the case, she could “best be described as an accomplice.”

Galluzzo went on to declare:

At the same time, there is an argument to be made in the Swiss case to let go what goes on privately in bedrooms. ‘It’s OK for homosexuals to do whatever they want in their own home. How is this so different?

Claiming that the charges against his client are “unwarranted and unfair,” Galluzzo gave an impassioned defense of incest:

What goes on between consenting adults in private should not be legislated. That is not the proper domain of our law.

If we assume for a moment that both parties [involved in incest] are consenting, then why are we prosecuting this?

Galluzzo’s reference to Switzerland relates to a proposal by Swiss legislators to decriminalize consensual sexual relationships between first-degree relatives, including siblings and parents and their adult children.

Consensual incest is legal in China, France, Israel, the Ivory Coast, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Turkey, according to a 2007 report from the Max Planck Institute in Germany.


T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He is the founder of the blog Unapologetically Rude and has written for Examiner and other blogs.

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