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Lead prosecutors fired at Rebecca Grossman after flagging conflict of interest

It’s been three months since Nancy and Karim Iskander walked out of the Van Nuys courthouse after a jury found 60-year-old Rebecca Grossman guilty of murder in the 2020 deaths of their two young sons, Mark and Jacob.

“We walked out of the courtroom and thought we were done,” Nancy said.

They waited for Gross to be sentenced. She faces 34 years to life in prison.

“If I had any doubt, any doubt, that anyone else was involved, I would have said that because as a mother you want justice,” Nancy said. “You want the person who killed your child to be held accountable.”

In a sudden turn of events, the two prosecutors who had been with the family since day one were removed as lead attorneys in the case.

“We are shocked. We were concerned,” Karim said.

Trial attorneys Ryan Gould and Jaime Castro, who secured the guilty verdict, recently identified a conflict of interest with Grossman’s new attorney, James Spertus, who is representing an assistant district attorney in a separate case.

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Last week, the Public Prosecution Service transferred the case to the Major Crimes Unit.

“This decision was made with the utmost consideration for the victims and their families, to protect the integrity of the legal process and the jury’s verdict,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Joseph Iniguez. “We are confident that Ms. Grossman will be sentenced appropriately and that any legal issues that need to be resolved before then will be vigorously adjudicated by our Major Crimes Unit.”

Trial attorneys will now assist with the case.

“We trust them very much,” Karim said.

Grossman’s new attorney said the decision to reassign prosecutors has nothing to do with him or his clients as there is no conflict of interest. He said his focus is on the motion he filed for a new trial because he is confident Grossman’s murder convictions will be overturned.

‘I can’t even think of that possibility. It would absolutely crush me,” Nancy said.

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Nancy says that every day during the trial, she felt like she was attending her sons’ funerals over and over again. She said she wants to move forward and focus on her family, her foster care agency and healing.

“I want them to be proud of me,” Nancy said.

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