Woman Convict Claims Lawyer Sex
Dec. 09, 1998
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ Amy Fisher, in prison for shooting her ex-lover's wife, says she deserves a new trial because she had an affair with her former lawyer.
In papers filed in Nassau County Court on Tuesday, the ``Long Island Lolita'' claims that she engaged in kissing, fondling and fantasy role-playing games with attorney Eric Naiburg and they fogged his legal judgment.
Ms. Fisher says Naiburg persuaded her to plead guilty to the 1992 shooting because he didn't want details of their relationship revealed at trial and didn't want to be separated from her by a long prison term if she were convicted.
``Rather than consider all possible strategies available to the defense,'' said her new lawyer, Bruce Barket, ``Mr. Naiburg became obsessed with personally exploring Ms. Fisher's sexual proclivities ... to satiate his own perverse needs.''
Naiburg, 57, a married father of two daughters, fiercely denied the claims, which he called a desperate attempt to gain Ms. Fisher's freedom.
``I am angry, I am hurt, I am offended,'' he said. ``I treated that girl like my daughters _ and nothing different.''
Ms. Fisher, 24, admitted that in 1992 she shot and seriously wounded Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her ex-lover, mechanic Joey Buttafuoco.
Ms. Fisher is serving a prison sentence of five to 15 years. She could have received up to 25 years if convicted of attempted murder.
She lost her first chance at parole last year and will be eligible again in June.
In April, Ms. Fisher requested a new trial on grounds that prosecutors had broken a plea-bargain deal to support parole for her after five years. Prosecutors said no such deal existed.
Last year, Ms. Fisher claimed she had been raped by prison guards, but a judge did not believe her and denied her request to be transferred.