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The Toll of the Dewey Trial

Dewey defendants Steven Davis, Joel Sanders, and Stephen DiCarmine

The marathon Dewey & LeBoeuf trial has resulted in a partial verdict this week, as the wearying trial takes its toll on defendants, lawyers and jurors.

Jurors have reported ill – vertico and muscle spasms being two claimed illnesses – while one of the four assistant district attorney’s, Gregory Weiss, suffered a fall and bruising to his face.

On Tuesday, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello partner Lawrence Bader, who is on the defence team representing former chairman of the firm, Steven Davis, passed out on the subway.

Meanwhile, in the trial itself, Judge Robert Stolz asked the jurors on which of the 151 counts facing the three defendants they had reached agreement.

The WSJ Law Blog reports that the five men and seven women said they were clearing the defendants–former Dewey chairman Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and former chief financial officer Joel Sanders–of multiple counts of falsifying business records.

The jury deliberations were strained  with jurors sending notes to the judge asking for the definition of the word “deliberation” and clarification on what their jobs were as jurors.

After reading the partial verdict, they continued to deliberate on the 100 remaining charges against the trio, including on the more serious charges of grand larceny.

The jurors have been deliberating for more than 80 hours since closing arguments ended Sept. 16, staying in a room overlooking downtown Manhattan all day and dining on deli delivery. All those lunches may have led to a messy workspace; earlier this week, the jurors asked that a porter be called to clean the carpet and bathroom.

 

 

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