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Paralegal’s Death In Boss/Boyfriend’s Bathtub Declared Accidental, by David Lat, Above the Law Blog


 Last May, a 26-year-old paralegal by the name of Julia Papazian Law was found dead in the bathtub of her boss and boyfriend, prominent Philadelphia defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. The news set tongues wagging in Philly. It had all the elements of a tabloid tale: a beautiful young woman, a wealthy and successful lawyer, and possible organized-crime connections. (Peruto has represented such prominent alleged Mob figures as Joey Merlino and Nicodemo Scarfo.) . . .

A grand jury was convened, conducted an investigation, and concluded there was no evidence that the paralegal’s death was anything but accidental. I saw no discussion or evidence of an investigation of any ethical or employment violations concerning the employer/employee relationship.

After the grand jury’s investigation, the paralegal’s boss used Facebook to reply to the District Attorney in a direct and explicit statement. -CCE