Anand Jon: The Trial After the Trial
It's going to be July 6 now before the Anand Jon case lurches into its next hearing. I say
"case" because the actual trial ended November 13, with the celebrity fashion designer's conviction on 15 counts of sexual assault and on one rape charge. By now any reader who's even accidentally stumbled onto this blog knows the Byzantine outline of what's happened since November 13: the postponed sentencing date; the defense motions for a new trial and recusal of the entire District Attorney's office on misconduct grounds; the story of a rogue juror and that juror's D.A.-thwarted meeting with Jon's sister; the appearance of a salacious online flyer accusing Jon's young accusers of being prostitutes and worst.
A Web link allegedly leading to that flyer was recently received by L.A. Daily. The Internet document bears the heading, "Prostitutes for the Prosecution vs. Anand Jon" and is poetically subtitled, "Prosecutor's cast of "naive helpless sheltered, small-town girls' who are actually gold-digging drug addicts, porn stars and prostitutes.'" The viewer is shocked by the allegations. Porn stars? Really -- none of the women appearing on the flyer seem likely to be familiar to aficionados of mainstream adult films.
L.A. Daily hasn't been able to authenticate the flyer and when we
contacted one of the prosecutors about it were told no comment could be
made at this time. In the meantime, last Friday the case sputtered
along, with co-prosecutor Frances Young asking Jon's sister, Sanjana
Alexander, basically the same questions she had in April, when the
deputy district attorney grilled her
about her secret contacts with Alvin Dymally, the maverick juror who
allegedly contacted Alexander before he'd even joined verdict
Young reliably hammered the sister with questions about
why Alexander didn't initially report her contacts with Dymally, and
why she went out of her way to call him from pay phones. Alexander's
respective answers, delivered in a barely audible voice, were that she
was afraid and didn't want Dymally to track back her cell phone number.
Another question of timeliness has to do with the defense's latest
bombshell. On May 29, Jon's lead attorney, Leonard Levine, unexpectedly
played back to Dymally a grainy audio recording purporting to be of the
juror speaking to Alexander. Since that encounter Dymally has been
wrapped in the Fifth Amendment and last week, with his court-appointed
counsel standing next to him like a ventriloquist, refused to answer any more of Levine's questions.
For now Alexander's recording, which she says was made at a pay phone on an MP3 player, remains in the hands of FBI audio technicians, who are trying to clean up the sound quality and ensure that it hasn't been edited. Thanks to
attorney scheduling conflicts and looming summer vacations, all the
characters of this extraordinary performance, which is unfolding as part circus, part
mystery play, will reconvene in Judge David Wesley's courtroom shortly
after Independence Day -- when the real fireworks are expected to begin.
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