Lawyer Jumps to His Death at Building Across From City Hall, NYPD Says

By Ben Fractenberg and Aidan Gardiner  on March 7, 2014 10:03am

 Lawyer Leonard Morton jumped from an office building across from City Hall, police said.
Lawyer Leonard Morton jumped from an office building across from City Hall, police said.
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FINANCIAL DISTRICT — A Manhattan lawyer distraught over his divorce plunged to his death from an office building across from City Hall in an apparent suicide Friday morning, police said.

Leonard Morton, 45, fell about 7:20 a.m. from his office building at 225 Broadway, at the corner of Barclay Street, NYPD and FDNY officials said.

Leonard, whose website bio said he had spent time as an Army National Guard Captain, Judge Advocate General, Hunter College adjunct law professor and administrative law judge, among other accomplishments, recently told a judge in court records that he had been having person problems.

In his latest case representing a man in Brooklyn federal court in a lawsuit against a credit agency, Morton told a judge he suffered a "mental breakdown" and was going through a difficult divorce.

Judge Marilyn Go had fined the lawyer $250 for failing to appear in court.

His client Ronen Tzur, a contractor in Brooklyn, said that Morton called him about noon on Thursday and apologized for the way he handled the case.

"He told me he was depressed," Tzur said. "He told me he was sick."

Morton was pronounced dead at the scene, the FDNY said.

Police do not suspect any criminality, they said.

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