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William Kennedy Smith’s Lawyer Criticized For Luncheon Remarks

February 1, 1992

NEW YORK (AP) _ The head of the state’s women’s bar association on Friday criticized William Kennedy Smith’s lawyer for reportedly saying Smith’s testimony in his recent rape trial has helped him get dates.

Roy Black, who successfully defended Smith in Florida late last year against Patricia Bowman’s charges of rape, joked about the trial Thursday at a luncheon of the New York State Bar Association’s criminal justice section.

Ellen Holtzman, president of the 2,400-member Women’s Bar of the State of New York, said she hadn’t attended the luncheon but was disturbed by quotes attributed to Black by New York Newsday.

″The comments, if they were made, do show a tremendous lack of sensitivity,″ Holtzman said. ″And very honestly, I find it disappointing that men, in particular male attorneys, continue to make disparaging comments about women.″

Newsday quoted Black as telling guests that when a prosecutor asked Smith whether he indeed had sex with Bowman twice within 30 minutes, ″Will had to reluctantly admit that was true, which has certainly helped him with dates since then.″

Martin Adelman, head of the justice section, said he had spoken to about 50 of the 120 people who attended the luncheon and none of them said they found Black’s comments derogatory.

Smith was acquitted Dec. 11 on charges that he raped Bowman at the Kennedy family compound in West Palm Beach, Fla., last Easter weekend.

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