Perdido 03

Perdido 03

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sleeping Through The Shelly Silver Trial


Some jurors were behaving badly at Sheldon Silver’s corruption trial in Manhattan federal court on Friday.

A woman nodded off during crucial morning testimony — and remained in dreamland for a full 12 minutes — while an alternate was more interested in doodling than paying attention.

The woman’s catnap came as lobbyist Brian Meara was testifying about a meeting he arranged between the former Assembly speaker and a Glenwood Management bigwig to talk about legislation the real-estate company wanted passed in Albany regarding rent regulation and tax abatements.

She dozed with her head slumped forward from at least 10:03 a.m. to about 10:15 a.m., when she woke with a start and started stretching her wrist.

The alternate, meanwhile, spent much of the morning sketching a full page of cartoon-like faces in pen in his juror notebook, paying no attention to the testimony.

Apparently, the judge, prosecutors and defense team were too absorbed in the testimony to notice the nap break and doodling.

Makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?


  1. It's the bench and bars fault - find them all ineffective for goodness sake. Might as well find Silver ineffective even more know for it's his case they are hearing - it's obviously boring. It's Meara's fault to as she obviously can't keep the attention of all the jurors. What's goof for the goose is good for the gander.

  2. Any possibility that the alternate, like some of our students, needs to draw in order to pay attention?