Gigi Jordan (Newscom)
Jury selection is scheduled to start Wednesday in the case of Gigi Jordan, four years after the millionaire former pharmaceutical executive was imprisoned for allegedly killing her 8-year-old autistic son by feeding him a fatal dose of prescription pills.
Opening arguments in the case before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon (See Profile) could start as early as this week.
Jordan’s defense team includes Earl Ward of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady; solo practitioner Allan Brenner; and Norman Siegel, a founding partner of Siegel, Teitelbaum & Evans. Also working on the case have been criminal defense lawyer Ronald Kuby and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz.
Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos is the lead prosecutor.
Jordan is charged with one count of second-degree murder. Attorneys originally planned to use a so-called “altruistic filicide” defense arguing Jordan killed the boy to protect him from sexual abuse by his father. But attorneys apparently abandoned that strategy earlier this year (NYLJ, April 22).
Pretrial maneuvering in People v. Jordan, 621-10, has been contentious, with her attorneys accusing prosecutors of misconduct. Solomon in January found no evidence of misconduct and cited from earlier decisions blaming Jordan’s counsel for the delays.
Jordan is being held at Rikers Island. Her applications for a writ of habeas corpus have been rebuffed.