Deliberation Continues Over Alleged Jereis – Annabi Bribery Trial By HEZI ARIS

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Moynihan Feder CourtNEW YORK, NY — The Hon. Colleen McMahon’s august courtroom had a stark feel to it Monday morning, March 26, 2012. The judge did not take her place before the cavernous courtroom. She did keep the door to her chambers ajar to be able to respond with alacrity to the wishes of the sequestered jury ensconced in deliberating over the case of the U.S. vs. Annabi and Jereis bribery charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Perry Carbone and Jason Halperin were not in attendance. Anthony Siano, legal counsel for defendant Zehy Jereis was, as was Jeanie Gallegos, Esq., as was William Aronwald, legal counsel to Sandy Annabi.

Anticipating a verdict Monday were representative reporters of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, News 12 Westchester, The Journal News, and this reporter, representing The Westchester Guardian and the Yonkers Tribune.

The jury had assembled behind the locked conference room within which they had engaged in deliberation since approximately 9:30 a.m. They could at times be heard beyond the large wooden door that separated the conference-like room situated adjacent to, but at the rear of the courtroom proper. Shouting matches that seemed to give rise from passionate retelling of events and diminution of opposite minded juror's perspectives espoused broke the decibel level often times in the late morning into the mid afternoon, subsiding after 3:00 p.m., or so. While the expressions were loud, they were not discernible. No inference could be deduced.

While passions were expressed behind closed doors, the gargantuan confluence of being found innocent or guilty over the charges alleged against Ms Annabi and Mr Jereis were discernible by the ever more pale complexion of each of the defendants, by their distant gazed moments into a nebulous future in which they were lost in incredulity to what could befall them. A major roadblock toward a future of freedom stood before them. They were at a fork in their respective roads. This was not what anyone would have envisioned. Their thoughts were in how their lives could again earn the freedom, vitality, and purpose they so clearly saw for themselves as individuals and as members of a greater society. Would there be a confluence of riches of purpose in their lives or would they be thwarted the freedom of choice bestowed by an acquittal of the charges alleged against them?

Breaking the introspective reflection of Mr Jereis and Ms Annabi was the piercing sounds of knocking against the wooden door, Federal Court Clerk James O’Neill quickly responded by unlocking the door, announcing that all deliberation must momentarily cease to retrieve written communication by the jury with Judge McMahon.

By 11:00 a.m., the jury had requested they be permitted to eat lunch outdoors. After receiving their request, Mr O’Neill, upon Judge McMahon taking her place at the front of her courtroom, called the jury before her. They were advised their request would be met by permitting them their lunchtime be taken on the 8th floor terrace of the Patrick Moynihan Courthouse where there were benches, stupendous views by which to relax and ponder, and an ability to maintain the jury abide by being sequestered, and their being able to enjoy the sunny demeanor of the day.

After lunch, a repertoire of passionate outbursts could again be heard through the wood door dividing the jurors from the courtroom. It would subside by about 3:00 p.m. At 4:00 p.m., the jury had requested 11 additional printed verdict forms. At 4:45p.m., the jury requested they be relieved of further deliberation at 5:00p.m. Judge McMahon honored their request and upon having them re-enter the courtroom for the last time that day, wished everyone a safe trip home and admonished them to begin deliberation on Tuesday morning, March 27, 2012, at 9:30 a.m., and to NOT discuss the case with anyone.

Media conjecture is that the jurists will arrive at a verdict by Tuesday, March 27th.

 

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  1. If the general election were held today instead of in early November, 54% of registered voters say they would back Obama, with 43% supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the GOP nomination battle. That’s up from a five-point 51%-46% advantage the president held over Romney in February.
    And Obama would have a 55%-42% lead over Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania who’s Romney’s main rival right now for the nomination. The president led Santorum by a seven-point 52%-45% margin last month.
    “President Obama currently wins majority support among groups that have been problematic for him in the past, including men, older voters, and suburbanites,” says CNN Poling Director Keating Holland. “He has a solid lead among independents as well.”
    Remember that the election is not being held today, so the survey is not a prediction of what will happen in the general election.
    The poll indicates that Obama is also the only presidential candidate with a personal popularity rating over 50%, with 56% of the public having a favorable view of Obama as a person and 42% seeing him in an unfavorable light. By contrast, nearly half questioned have an unfavorable view of Romney, compared to only 37% with a favorable view. Romney’s unfavorable rating is up six points from 43%, where it stood in CNN polling in January.
    “Only 35 percent of independents now have a favorable view of Romney,” Holland notes.
    According to the poll, Santorum’ unfavorables outweigh his favorable rating by a 42%-35% margin, and negative views of Santorum have grown every time CNN has measured the favorable rating in polls since last spring.
    “The favorable ratings also reveal an institutional advantage for Obama. Forty-eight percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Democratic party, while the Republican party’s favorable rating has dropped to just 35%, with nearly six in ten Americans saying they have an unfavorable view of the GOP,” says Holland. “To put the Democrat’s 48% favorable rating in historical context, the last time the GOP’s rating reached 48% was in 2008.”
    That indicates that the party may still be suffering from a “Bush hangover,” and the results of a question on the economy tend to bear that out. Thirty-one percent of those surveyed say that the economic conditions in the country are good – the highest level in more than four years. But nearly seven in ten say the economic conditions right now are poor.
    Although Obama has been president for more than three years, 56% of Americans continue to blame former President George W. Bush and the Republicans for the country’s current economic problems, with only 29% blaming Obama and the Democrats.
    from CNN…doesn’t look good for Romney…thanks Rush

  2. although this case is certainly interesting ..the
    real deliberations that count are taking place
    in washington before the Supreme Court on the individual mandate under the commerce clause of the
    US Constitution…I for one hope they invalidate
    the entire law because most of the country hasn’t
    got a clue as to what they will be losing…

  3. sandy annabi was seen reading a book of prayers while waiting for the jury to decide her fate…news 12 reported…
    reading a book of prayers while sitting next to the married man you used for how many years????

  4. Hezi playing smart…
    Really?
    Hezi abandoned the people he professed to speak for the last decade, in the last few months.
    He is now no different then the pols he chose to crucify.
    No Trust Here.
    This sounds like a serious lawsuit, but hey.. I’m not an attorney.
    But i sure can hire one.
    Sleep Well you Champions of “Free Press”
    😉

  5. “…While passions were expressed behind closed doors, the gargantuan confluence of being found innocent or guilty over the charges alleged…”
    I love drama
    I also like reading the news
    Where the F#CK is it?

  6. Hey Hezi stop using the thesaurus option for every word you type.
    Alacrity
    Confluence
    Espoused
    Diminution
    Seriously, who writes this way?

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