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New trial ordered for NY millionaire in autistic son's death

Gigi Jordan
Posted at 3:54 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 15:54:00-04

MANHATTAN — A federal judge on Friday ordered a new trial for a self-made health care millionaire who was convicted six years ago of fatally drugging her eight-year-old developmentally disabled child in a luxury New York City hotel room in 2010.

The ruling by Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Sarah Cave stems from a 2014 closed courtroom discussion, requested by the lead prosecutor in the case.

Cave determined the off-the-record exchange regarding online material had violated Gigi Jordan’s Sixth Amendment right to a public trial.

At the time, one of Jordan’s lawyers repeatedly objected to the private discussion.

Prosecutors plan to appeal the decision.