A New York judge has thrown out a felony weapons conviction after the defendant's attorney repeatedly fell asleep at trial, allegedly read magazines while witnesses testified and provoked laughter among the jurors with his "bizarre" opening statement. Reached by phone this week, the veteran defense attorney called his opening statement "very logical and precise." As for the laughing jurors, he said, "Well, laughter's very good when you're looking at many years in prison."
Felony Conviction Reversed due to Lawyer Who Slept During Trial
New York Law Journal
June 25, 2009