Elsa Newman case

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The Elsa Newman case was a child custody struggle and 2005 conviction for Newman of conspiracy to commit murder upon her then husband.


In 2001, Elsa D. Newman (b. 1952) , an attorney, was in a child custody fight with her husband, Arlen Jay Slobodow (b. December 1951). Concerned that Newman represented a flight risk, Judge S. Michael Pincus said, “I don’t want another Elizabeth Morgan case in my courtroom.” According to an online Washingtonian article, Newman did in fact consult Morgan.

When Newman sought her advice, Morgan responded in e-mail: “I don’t have the answers. I only know the choices, which are grim: Give in and accept the incest, kill the abuser, or grab the kids and run.”

On January 7, 2002, Newman’s close friend, Foreign Service officer Margery Lemb Landry broke into Slobodow’s home planted child pornography and then shot him in the thigh twice while he was in bed. Landry pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to a twenty-year prison term. Newman was convicted of conspiracy in a jury trail, and also received a twenty-year sentence. Newman’s conviction was overturned on a procedural error. [1] [2] [3] [4]

In her re-trial in 2005, Landry claimed that she acted alone. Newman received a similar sentence as previously. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Slobodow recovered and retained custody of his two sons. He works as a producer/writer at a media corporation in Washington, D.C. In October 2015, Newman was released from prison to serve her parole.[11]


  1. Jaffe, Harry. "Deadly Triangle", Washingtonian, 2002-06-01. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  2. Ly, Phuong. "Wife's Friend Charged in Md. Shooting", Washington Post, 2002-01-09. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  3. Fields-Meyer, Thomas. "In the Dead of Night", People. Vol. 57 no. 8, 2002-03-04. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  4. Gowen, Annie. "Morgan Describes Advising Md. Defendant", Washington Post, 2002-08-03. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  5. "Convicted shooter says she acted alone", Washington Times, 2005-10-03. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  6. Williams, Chris (2005-10-12). Newman convicted second time for murder conspiracy. Gazette.net. Retrieved on 2016-07-20.
  7. Hernandez, Nelson. "2nd Trial of Lawyer Accused in Plot to Kill Husband Opens", The Washington Post, 2005-09-28. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  8. Dorsey, George. "Newman convicted in conspiracy trial", fredericknewspost.com, 2005-10-08. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  9. Hernandez, Nelson. "Md. Lawyer Convicted in Plot to Kill Husband", Washington Post, 2005-10-08. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  10. Snyder, David. "Bethesda Wife's Conviction Voided", Washington Post, 2004-12-14. Retrieved on 2016-07-20. 
  11. http://www.justice4elsanewman.com/