Ex-Goldman director hoping judge more sympathetic than jury

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A former Goldman Sachs Managing Director accused of rapng a woman at his beach house on New York’s Long Island is betting a judge will be more sympathetic than a jury.

Bloomberg News reports that declining a jury of one’s peers is an uncommon strategy, often reserved for defendants who feel unbiased jurors can’t be had.

For Jason Lee, whose trial begins Wednesday not far from the Hamptons enclave where he rented his home, the choice may turn out to be smart one, defense lawyers said.

'Although the county depends to a significant extent on the summer tourism business, which is why this defendant was there - why he rented a house for apparently $33,000 a month - it’s a love-hate relationship', said James Cohen, a professor at Fordham Law School and former criminal defense attorney. 'The chances of having a voice on the jury who says, ‘Wait a minute, this is the type of guy who contributes to our economy in a good way and therefore we should treat him extremely fairly’ are pretty small'.

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