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Sneiderman turnabout "cowardly," says attorney
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DECATUR, GA -- The decision to drop murder charges against Andrea Sneiderman doesn't sit well with Jay Abt, an attorney who represents a likely witness in her trial.

Abt represents Shayna Citron -- a friend of Mrs. Sneiderman.

"I think (Robert James is) a great DA for DeKalb County. But I think this is a cowardly mistake," Abt said.

In 2012, Citron testified that she was convinced Andrea Sneiderman was having an affair with Hemy Neuman -- her coworker, who was convicted of killing Mrs. Sneiderman's husband Rusty outside a Dunwoody day care in November 2010. She testified during Neuman's trial, after which a jury found him guilty but mentally ill.

"If I were Don or Marilyn or Steve Sneiderman, I would be furious. I would be livid," Abt said. "And if I were Andrea Sneiderman I would be joyous that the charges were dropped. But I'd also be livid because he's held her life up for a year." Mrs. Sneiderman has been under house arrest since August 2012.

Mrs Sneiderman still faces a long list of charges

  • Hindering the apprehension of a criminal;
  • Concealment of facts;
  • four counts of making false statements to police;
  • and seven counts of perjury.

Added up, she could face as much as a hundred years in prison. But if she's convicted, Mrs. Sneiderman would be a non-violent first offender.

"Even if she's found guilty, she's not going to look at significant prison time," Abt said.

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