Cases & Deals

Famous scientist convicted of child molesting

Clients Representation of child molestation victim

Jones Day successfully represented a victim and her family, resulting in the conviction of a close family friend who had repeatedly molested the young daughter. William French Anderson, the scientist known as the "father of gene therapy," employed the victim's mother as second in command at his laboratory. Anderson began teaching the girl Tae Kwon Do at his home in 1997, when she was 10 and he was 60. It was during this "mentoring" that the abuse began and continued for the next five years.

Mary Fulginiti, Of Counsel in the Los Angeles Office, first met with the victim and her mother in April 2004 prior to their going to the police. The family, which had immigrated from China, had very little money and was concerned about the disparity of power, wealth and status between Anderson and themselves. They wanted counsel to assist them through the criminal process and protect their privacy rights. Jones Day agreed to take the case on a pro bono basis, and along with Ms. Fulginiti, Los Angeles lawyers Jeff Rawitz and Dan Lucas aggressively litigated the statutory and constitutional privacy rights of the victim and her family throughout the pretrial proceedings. The team drafted numerous motions to quash subpoenas duces tecum served on the victim's doctors, therapists, teachers, etc., attended in camera hearings with the judge and argued various motions, including whether or not the defense could have unfettered access to the family's four household computers and whether or not the defense could question the victim's father at trial about certain constitutionally protected subjects.