Patrick Kirkland, an ad copywriter from the Upper West Side and juror in the rape cop trial, has written a tell-all for Gothamist.
The problem with juror tell-alls is that jurors are hand-picked to be exactly the kind of person who wouldn’t provide an interesting narrative of the case, but Mr. Kirkland offers an astute account of the typically secret dynamics of a jury.
The feature is available as a Kindle single, and it is definitely worth purchasing if you:
- Were disappointed by the not guilty verdict.
- Are ready to be even more disillusioned by the legal system (jurors sleep and allegedly draw out the deliberations to pay for their car repairs).
- Are acquainted with the singularly humiliating experience of being informed what you did while drunk the night before (and have the stomach to see it played out with legal consequences).
- Want to know how a $750-an-hour lawyer wins a he says/she says case.
On that note, a brief excerpt:
She was sitting on the couch, [accused cop Kenneth] Moreno testified, and I asked how she was doing. She said she wants to throw up one last time, and she went back into the bathroom.
“I asked her if she drank any water. I filled the glass back up for her…. We were talking, going back and forth, talking about this and that. She drinks a small sip and then she puts the cup down…. I went to pick it up, and I saw—I saw a roach. I think I said, ‘Roach!’ and I stepped on it…. She got up, and the glass fell out of my hand and she spilled the water on herself.”
“And where did the water spill?” [his lawyer Joe] Tacopina asked him.
“It spilled right down her back,” Moreno said. He straightened his back in the witness stand and pointed behind him as a photo of the dirty bathroom floor lit up the LCD. There it was: a small, flattened cockroach.
“That’s the guy you got?” Tacopina asked.
“Yeah, I got him,” Moreno proudly said. Truth or fiction, the more he talked, the more incredible his story sounded. And yet as it continued, the more I believed it. To pin his entire testimony on a dead roach—who would make this stuff up? And if he was making it up, couldn’t he have made it a better story?
Moreno smiled for one of the first times on the stand.