Gospel singer wins trial delay to hire super lawyer
Updated 4:22 pm, Friday, October 6, 2017
BRIDGEPORT -Waiting for Brafman.
A Superior Court judge on Friday agreed to continue the trial of gospel singer Doraine Reed, accused of helping a former Stratford pastor fleece elderly members of his flock, so that Reed can be represented by New York super lawyer Benjamin Brafman.
While Judge Robert Devlin was visibly aggravated at Reed’s appeal for still another continuance, he agreed to give her another week.
Reed was initially represented by the public defender but then got a delay to hire a New Haven woman who it turned out is not licensed to practice law. Devlin was going to order Reed to proceed to trial with a public defender on Friday but Reed announced instead that she is now represented by Brafman.
Brafman previously represented Sean P. Diddy Combs, Michael Jackson and mafia hit man Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano.
After waiting several hours and Brafman had still not appeared in court Devlin said he was inclined to order Reed to proceed with the public defender.
“It is my constitutional right that I have a lawyer that I want and that can benefit me,” Reed argued. She said Brafman could not be present until next week because he is observing a Jewish holiday.
Hearst Connecticut Media contacted Brafman’s office. His assistant confirmed that Brafman is observing the holiday but after contacting him replied that Brafman does not represent Reed.
Police said Reed and Robert Genevicz, the former pastor of the Stratford Baptist Church, conspired to steal nearly $400,000 from a 71-year-old retired Stratford school teacher and an 88-year-old Trumbull man. They allegedly used some of the money to buy each other luxury autos -- a white Mercedes roadster for him, a black Mercedes sedan for her.
However, after their arrests Genevicz claimed Reed seduced him into committing the crimes.
In February Genevicz, 67, pleaded no contest before Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin to two counts of first-degree larceny and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny. He faces up to 60 years and $45,000 in fines but has yet to be sentenced.