Kendall Coffey: Prosecution of Actor Hoffman's Drug Dealer Unlikely

Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 07:17 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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It may be impossible to prosecute the drug dealer who sold Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman the heroin that killed him, legal analyst Kendall Coffey says.

"I don't think there's any sympathy from anyone for drug dealers . . . but it is a matter of proof and many times addicts are tragically in a condition where they're using different sources and there are no records," Coffey told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

"There's not going to be email correspondence showing they just got the supply and being able to link it up. So the proof problems are huge . . . That's why you don't hear about so many prosecutions you might think would be well deserved."

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Hoffman was found dead in the bathroom of his West Village apartment in New York City Sunday — a hypodermic needle sticking out of his arm. Dozens of bags of what is believed to be heroin and syringes were also found in the home.

Four people believed to be connected to the drugs found in Hoffman's apartment were arrested Tuesday on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Coffey, a founding member of the Coffey Burlington law firm in Miami, says getting a prosecution probably isn't in the cards.

"A victim of an overdose isn't around to tell you where they got it from. There are huge proof problems in these kind of cases."

A private funeral for Hoffman, star of "Capote," was scheduled to be held on Friday.

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