Law prof placed on leave after he’s charged with assaulting woman at New York casino

The ABA reports on a law prof with a very unfortunate name to go with his unexcusable behavior

Law prof placed on leave after he’s charged with assaulting woman at New York casino

A Syracuse University law and engineering professor has been placed on leave after he was charged with assaulting a woman in the elevator and parking lot of a casino in New York.

The professor, Terry Turnipseed, was charged with menacing, assault and criminal obstruction of breathing in connection with the Feb. 17 incident at the Turning Stone Resort Casino, report and WKTV.

All the charges are in the third degree, and they are misdemeanors, according to Turnipseed’s lawyer, Charles A. Keller III, who spoke with He expects the charges to be dropped.

Turnipseed has taught at Syracuse University since July 2004. At the Syracuse University College of Law, he taught estate planning, estate and gift taxation, wills and trusts, and property, according to a bio at the law firm where he had been of counsel, reports.

Turnipseed is no longer listed as a lawyer at the firm, Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers in Boston. An online press release from July 2022 said he joined the firm as of counsel in 2022, working in the estate planning and taxation departments. An online resumé is here.

A spokesperson for the firm did not immediately respond to the ABA Journal’s email and voicemail requesting comment.

Arraignment documents allege that Turnipseed was caught on video grabbing a woman by the throat in the elevator of the TS Steakhouse at the casino, according to reporting by The documents also allege that Turnipseed grabbed the woman’s hair and pulled her out of a car in the garage.

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