Judge denies former Columbia University gynecologist a public defender in sex abuse case

NEW YORK — A former Columbia University gynecologist accused of sexually abusing dozens of patients over two decades must pay for a defense attorney out of his own pocket after a federal judge ruled he wasn’t being forthcoming about his finances. Dr. Robert Hadden had requested a public defender, claiming on an unsigned, handwritten financial form that he had only $145,000 cash and few other assets. Judge Richard Berman called the document “woefully inadequate.” Further inquiry by the court found that four months before Hadden was charged he disavowed a $1 million inheritance from his father a…

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