The postal service worker accused of mowing down and killing the sister-in-law of famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz was found not guilty on September 20. Ian Clement, 64, was cleared of charges of leaving the scene of the accident that left Marilyn Dershowitz dead.
“I’m relieved,” said Clement after hearing the verdict. “I was confident, because I knew that I was not guilty. I give [the Dershowitz family] my sympathy.”
Marilyn Dershowitz was bicycling with her husband Nathan last Fourth of July weekend when she was crushed under the truck’s rear wheel after she fell off her bike along West 29th Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.
Clement had taken the stand to say that he had not seen Mrs. Dershowitz, a retired special referee in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, and had no idea she’d fallen or that the rear right wheel of his seven-ton truck had then run her over, he told jurors.
“I’m a strong believer in the jury system,” said the victim’s husband, Nathan Dershowitz, also a lawyer. “The jury gets its information and it makes its vote.” He sadly added, “I’m sorry I wasn’t part of the prosecution team.”
Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard professor famous for his work on behalf of Claus von Bulow and O.J. Simpson, did not attend the trial and was not present when the verdict was read.