Freedman also represented Michael Decker, a former state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to accepting a $ 50,000 bribe to switch political parties. Most recently, in a case that attracted national and international attention, Freedman was one of the lawyers of Thomas Martens, who was convicted, along with his daughter Molly Corbett, of second degree murder in the death of Molly’s husband, Irish businessman Jason Corbett. Freedman argued on behalf of Martens in both the NC Appeals Court and the NC Supreme Court. Both courts overturned Molly Corbett and Martens’ murder convictions.
Those who knew him said Freedman loved what he did and loved his family – his wife Libby and their four children Jack, Gary, Ariel and Chai. According to Witt, Ariel has just started his law degree at UNC Chapel Hill.
Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said he and Freedman were close friends “even though we fought on opposite sides of the courtroom.”
“After a grueling trial against each other, it wasn’t uncommon for us to lift weights together at the YMCA on a Saturday morning,” said O’Neill on Saturday. “David served as best man at my wedding and we talked about politics, legal theories, and our families every day. We called each other blood brothers.”
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O’Neill said Freedman was loved and adored and respected by everyone in the legal community.