A convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl, then holding her captive for 18 long years was expected to plead guilty. Instead, due to allegations from the kidnapper’s lawyer that the jury was improperly selected and acted in an inappropriate manner, the kidnapper entered not guilty pleas to charges of kidnapping, rape, and other charges, according to a New York Personal Injury Lawyer.
The kidnapper’s public defender claimed there were problems with the jury during a brief hearing where the kidnapper and his wife made their pleas. The public defender did state she had questions about the racial and geographical makeup of the jury that first indicted the couple for kidnapping and imprisoning the young girl, who is now 30 years old.
According to a Superior Court judge, the defense had raised “issues about the process itself before the grand jury” and whether the panel “acted appropriately during the proceeding.” He told the public defender that she had to submit her statement writing, and also told her he would seal the motion once it was submitted.
According to a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer, the lawyer for the kidnapper’s wife had stated earlier that the 60-year-old accused kidnapper intended to plead guilty, and that he had agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison. The public defender was not pleased with the other lawyer’s statements to the press.
“He shouldn’t have been speaking for [my client]. He should speak for his client”. The alleged kidnapper’s attorney explained that he only learned about the other attorney’s plans the day before the hearing. Neither one of them wished to comment further about just what problems they found in the grand jury.
The district attorney of the area said he was not bothered by the challenged to the grand jury. He expected everything to proceed as it had been.
“My responsibility is to see that these two are held accountable for the enormity of their actions,” he said to a Manhattan Personal Injury Lawyer. “We are determined to do that.”
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