Loophole Could Allow Long Island Mom Who Killed Kids To Cash In

CBS New York

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — It’s the hallmark of New York’s “Son of Sam” law and others like it across the nation — convicted criminals should not be able to profit from their crimes.

But legal experts say the case of a Long Island mother who drowned her three children in a bathtub and is now seeking to cash in could succeed because of a loophole. Since Leatrice Brewer was never convicted — instead found not guilty by reason of mental disease — legal experts say she could make a plausible case to receive some of her children’s $350,000 estate.

“The Brewer case is a novel circumstance,” said George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley. “The facts do seem to place her outside the scope of the law, although that does not mean there could not be other barriers to her recovering from the estate of her children.”

Brewer, 33, slashed…

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