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On June 15, after over thirty hours of deliberations and several requests for read back of testimony, the Cosby jury indicated that it was deadlocked. Matthew Galluzzo, a criminal defense attorney and former Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor, tweeted the night before that he expected the jury to hang (meaning, to be deadlocked). The judge told the jury to continue deliberating (this is called "giving an Allen charge") and denied a defense motion for a mistrial as being premature. However, Mr. Galluzzo expects the jury to be unable to reach a verdict.

In an American criminal case, the jury's decision as to a particular charge must be unanimous, meaning that all twelve jurors must agree as to the verdict (guilty or not guilty) for a specific charge. A jury can convict unanimously on some charges and acquit unanimously on other charges in the same trial (and that happens quite frequently). A jury indicates to the court and judge that it has reached a verdict by sending out a written note that they have reached a verdict, and the jury emerges to announce the verdict in the courtroom.

Sometimes, as is the case in Cosby's trial, a jury sends out a note indicating that the jury cannot agree as to a particular charge (or any charges). Typically, a judge will then tell the jury that they should continue to deliberate. There is a very specific text that judges are usually required to read back to their deadlocked juries, and this text is typically referred to as an "Allen charge" (based upon a Supreme Court case with that name). An Allen charge is meant to encourage the jury to continue to try to reach a unanimous verdict, and reminds the jurors of the importance of arriving at a conclusion in light of the interests of the parties and the time and resources already spent trying the case.

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On June 14, an article in the Washington Post announced that special prosecutor Robert Mueller was investigating whether President Trump had obstructed justice by taking steps to impede the FBI's investigation into possible collusion by his campaign with Russian intelligence agents. Matthew Galluzzo appeared as a legal commentator on Fox 5 News New York to discuss this announcement.

The link is available here:

Report: Special counsel investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice

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On Jan. 29, 2017, Eric Arnone was quoted in the New York Times regarding former colleague Justice Ann M. Donnelly, the Federal Judge who ordered a temporary stay of President Trump's recent "Travel Ban" executive order. Trump's order has, in practice, targeted and affected people of Muslim decent.

The New York Times sought Arnone's comment as he formerly worked as a colleague of Justice Donnelly's at the New York County District Attorney's Office in the mid-2000's. Describing Judge Donnelly as having a "great reputation for being a fair and diligent prosecutor," Arnone was quoted alongside another former colleague Linda Fairstein and current District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., both who had great things to say about the jurist.

Arnone applauded the jurist – one who many look to as a hero – for her block of the Executive Order: “Today, Judge Donnelly stated in unequivocal terms that this administration — one with no apparent historical and constitutional rudder — will not go unchecked or unbalanced."

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Galluzzo & Arnone is now on Instagram! Follow the adventures of our attorneys and staff as they fight for their clients in state and federal court (and relax after hours).

The Instagram handle is "newyorkdefenselawyers" and we will be updating frequently.

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G&A defense attorney Matthew Galluzzo recently earned a stunning trial acquittal in a federal sexual abuse case that had been extensively covered in the press. The client, charged with one count each of sexual abuse on an airplane (18 U.S.C. 2244(b)) and assault on an airplane (18 U.S.C. 113(a)(5)), went to trial in Brooklyn federal court (the Eastern District of New York) before Judge Pamela Chen. The jury deliberated about a day and acquitted the client of all charges, accepting his defense that his touching of the complainant had been an involuntary act committed while asleep. Five eyewitnesses testified for the prosecution.

If you or a loved one have been accused of a sex crime, you should strongly consider contacting the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Galluzzo & Arnone. In particular, Matthew Galluzzo is a former Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor and widely recognized expert on the investigation, prosecution, and defense of rape and sexual assault charges.

Some articles about the case from the press:

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Matthew Galluzzo, a former Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor, recently appeared on MSNBC to talk about whether the women currently accusing Donald Trump of sexual assault should be discredited on account of the delay in their reporting. The link is available here:

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-news/watch/why-sex-assault-victims-sometimes-delay-reporting-787086915704

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On March 23, Matthew Galluzzo appeared on Fox 5 as an expert legal commentator to discuss the Brooklyn District Attorney’s decision to recommend a non-jail sentence for Peter Liang, a former police officer convicted of manslaughter for accidentally killing Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn housing project.

A link to the TV segment and interview is available here:

DA: No prison for Peter Liang in manslaughter of Akai Gurley

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The recent jury trial acquittal of Galluzzo & Arnone client Jesse Dailey was discussed in an article in the Brooklyn Paper. A juror described the jury's deliberations.

Brooklyn Paper, February 1, 2016: "Jury finds accused "Park Slope Groper" not guilty"

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/39/6/dtg-slope-groper-trial-2016-02-05-bk.html

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On January 25, G&A earned a full acquittal at trial for our client in Brooklyn Supreme Court. The client was facing multiple felony charges of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree. The case was featured in the news. G&A attorneys Matthew Galluzzo & Zack Johnson worked together during the trial.

A link to a description of the case is available here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/23/jesse-dailey_n_4329314.html

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Matthew Galluzzo, a criminal defense attorney and former Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor, gave his expert opinion to the Huffington Post about the Bill Cosby criminal case in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Galluzzo is a well-recognized expert on the subject of rape and sexual assault investigations whose opinion is frequently solicited by news media regarding notable investigations.

A link to the article is available here.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bill-cosby-andrea-constand-charges_563a943ae4b0b24aee48e821