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Joel Steinberg
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    (May 25, 1941- )
    Born in The Bronx, New York
    Former criminal defense attorney
    Illegally adopted two children, Lisa and Michael
    Was convicted of manslaughter (January 30, 1989) in the death of six-year-old Lisa
    Sentenced to 8-1/2 to 25 years in prison
    Paroled under New York state's 'good time law,' mandating the release of inmates who exhibit good behavior in prison after serving two thirds of their maximum sentence (June 30, 2004)
    After hitting Lisa over the head, he freebased cocaine rather than call 911 (November 1, 1987).
    After finally taking Lisa to a hospital and being told she was probably brain dead, his response was, 'Have you found anything else wrong with her?'
    Medical experts later testified that despite severe injuries, Lisa probably would have lived if she had received prompt medical attention.
    He was twice denied parole because her never expressed remorse.
    After Lisa's birth mother won a $15 million wrongful death suit, he petitioned to have the amount reduced because Lisa underwent 'at most eight hours of pain and suffering.' (2007)
    In ruling against him, the court noted, 'He is as devoid of any empathy or human emotion now as he was almost 20 years ago when he stood trial for Lisa's homicide.'
    New York passed new legislation to close the legal loopholes in its laws governing private adoptions.
    The other illegally adopted child, Michael, was reunited with his birth mother.
    During his trips to and from court, other inmates took the opportunity to dump urine on him.

Credit: C. Fishel

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