Millionaire pharmaceutical executive and socialite Gigi Jordan will be going home after a federal judge tossed out her conviction for killing her son with a lethal medication dose.
New York Post reports that Jordan has been sentenced to home confinement after US Magistrate Judge Sarah Cave granted her a $250,000 bond. Jordan was given a new trial in September after her team successfully argued that her rights to a speedy trial had been denied.
According to The New York Times, Jordan was initially convicted in 2014 for the 2010 death of her autistic son, Jude Mirra. Jordan admitted that she gave the boy a fatal dose of medication. She was subsequently sentenced to 18 years behind bars.
Jordan claimed that she thought her ex-husband was trying to kill her and Jude, and she was afraid her son would end up in the custody of her first husband, Jordan’s father, who she suspected would sexually molest him. Both men denied her allegations.
A jury ultimately found Jordan guilty of manslaughter. Cave overturned the conviction after now-retired Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon closed the courtroom briefly for a hearing requested by a prosecutor. Case ruled that it violated Jordan’s Sixth Amendment right.
“The trial court’s closure of the courtroom was deliberate, over the multiple, strenuous objections of Jordan’s counsel, and was a closure that the trial court in fact acknowledged after the fact may well have been erroneous,” Cave wrote, according to the New York Daily News.
“In Jordan’s case, under clearly established Supreme Court precedent, the Sixth Amendment public trial right applied to the Closed Proceeding.”
Jordan will stay at a residence in New York while her case is being reviewed. Check back for updates.
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[Feature Photo: Jude Mira/Manhattan DA’s Office]