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Saturday, April 14, 2007

NYC lawyer jumps off Empire State Building

Here's a sad item reported by the Associated Press:

A man jumped to his death Friday out the window of a 69th-floor law office in the Empire State Building.
Police responded to the New York City landmark shortly before 3 p.m. after a 911 caller reported seeing a severed leg -- covered in a gray sock -- on the street below. The rest of the body was recovered from a setback on the 30th floor.
The tragedy in the 102-story building closed portions of the busy Midtown Manhattan street while the investigation continued.
Police identified the man as Moshe Kanovsky, a lawyer in his 30s.
More than 30 people have committed suicide at the Empire State Building since it opened in 1931. The skyscraper reaches 1,454 feet to the top of its lightning rod. ...

I attempted a Google search of the lawyer's name to add a little about him to this report, but all I came up with was that he was on a list of candidates who passed the February 2003 NY bar. It wound up being an ironic juxtaposition -- the joyous occasion of passing the bar and the tragedy of his death are the only remaining vestiges of him left on the Internet.

In Minnesota, we are fortunate to have Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers to aid lawyers who are grappling with depression and other issues.

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