Bar License Lapse Pulls Lead Prosecutor Off Rilya Wilson Case

MIAMI (CBS4) –  The lead prosecutor in the Rilya Wilson murder trial was taken off the case because he let his Florida Bar license lapse, according to CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald.

Assistant State Attorney Joshua Weintraub was taken off the case the same day he delivered the opening statement in the state’s case against Geralyn Graham.

According to the paper, Weintraub’s license was revoked in August for not completing a “continuing legal education” credit.

“Mr. Weintraub believed [the matter] had been resolved earlier this summer,” spokesman Ed Griffith said Monday. “Until he is reinstated by the Florida Bar, he will be suspended. We hope this matter is quickly resolved.”

Weintraub is trying the case with his mother, longtime prosecutor Sally Weintraub and David Gilbert.

Graham, 66, is charged with first degree murder, kidnapping, and multiple counts of child abuse with great bodily harm in the death of foster child Rilya Wilson in 2002.

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