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Apr 27, 2011 10:17 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Oddone Appeal Will Be Heard By Brooklyn Judges On Friday

Apr 27, 2011 10:57 AM

If the court overturns the Oddone conviction, the prosecution can appeal to the State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, to review the case.

The fall 2009 trial of Anthony Oddone took nearly two months and was capped by nine tumultuous days of deliberations by the jury. The marathon deliberations were marred by the dismissal of two jurors by Justice C. Randall Hinrichs and accusations of misconduct by at least one other juror, which led Mr. Oddone’s defense attorney to call for the dismissal of another juror and a request that the judge declare a mistrial.

In August 2008, Mr. Oddone got into an altercation with Mr. Reister after the bouncer shoved him to the ground when Mr. Oddone refused to stop dancing atop a table. Mr. Oddone leapt onto Mr. Reister’s back and wrapped his arms around the larger man’s neck, choking him for an estimated three minutes, even after Mr. Reister collapsed face-first onto the floor. He never regained consciousness and died days later after being removed from life support.

Dozens of corrections officers, often in uniform, turned out for nearly every court appearance of the Oddone trial and filled the courtroom on many days of the trial.

The appeal arguments will be heard at 10 a.m. in the Second Department of the New York State Courts Appellate Division in Brooklyn Heights.

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He's GUILTY, GUILTY GUILTY! Why a retrial??? LEAVE HIM IN THE PEN!!!!
By johnnyhampton (82), Southampton on Apr 27, 11 7:02 PM
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Why so he can do it to someone else. He has anger issues. He's right where he belongs. Throw away the key.
By lifesaver (118), speonk on Apr 27, 11 8:52 PM
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These lawyers are a big joke.
By nurse (53), sag harbor on Apr 28, 11 2:07 AM
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Apparently good caddy's are hard to find, is this piece of dirt worth the millions his golf buddies are spending?
By pjcd (24), Smithtown on Apr 28, 11 6:12 AM
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He probably has information the golf buddies don't want others to know .
By ELECTRICUTIONER (65), east islip/montauk on Apr 28, 11 5:12 PM
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He's guilty
By Southampton Native (3), Southampton on Apr 28, 11 9:46 AM
Unlikely Oddone is guilty! Clearly, this was an unforeseeable accident!
Based on “Over Zealous” prosecution a new trial is logical and a reversal is required.
Furthermore, the jury was a mess and the story they heard during trial had holes. Twelve people agreeing on guilty without a reasonable doubt, with those facts is Beyond Belief. Oddone deserves a new trial as no reasonable person would want anyone to be convicted under those circumstances.
I know Oddone enough to ...more
By R SPORT (2), Southampton on Apr 28, 11 1:03 PM
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Mr. Sport,
In reply to your over zealous response, may I add that no reasonable person would want anyone to be choked and murdered the way Andrew Reister was put to death.

With Oddone's history, and the way he acted the night of August 8, 2008 PROVED without doubt that he has anger issues. He acted like an animal on prey. Fearing for his life...I think NOT! Andrew was his prey, Andrew was the victim.

His anger issues created a series of events that destroyed Andrew's bright ...more
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Apr 28, 11 4:46 PM
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So let me get this straight. A guy gets into a bar fight. Leaps onto a man who outweighs him by 100 lbs and chokes him to death WITH HIS OWN HANDS... while others tried to stop him... and you claim he has no anger issues? And it's the bar's fault for not having security?

I don't even think Oddone claimed self defense did he? What is wrong with you people?
By littleplains (305), olde england on Apr 28, 11 5:55 PM
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Another friend of Oddone weighs in. Heaven help us.
He had MAJOR anger issues in bars. It's documented but not allowed during the trial.

Your remarks arestupid as to be otherworldly and would have been infuriating- but all ofus on this comment thread went through this last year with you morons who defended this murderer during the trial.

BTW Everyone here also noticed that this was your very first comment on 27 East.

By elliot (254), sag harbor on Apr 28, 11 6:19 PM
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Why would anyone put up $2 million to support his defense...I just have to wonder!!
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Apr 28, 11 7:05 PM
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Just curious but what does the number of comments have to do with it?
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on May 2, 11 6:26 AM
Danced on table, asked to get off table, goes into a drunken rage and strangles the security guard, now children without a father, wife without a husband, brothers without a brother......let him decorate his cell, he will be there for a while...( dont we remember he has a history of bar fights, and anger issues, he is where he belongs) .
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Apr 28, 11 1:36 PM
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Caddies are sacred cows to the rich. They know ALL the secrets when you play 18 holes with them and bare your soul. I'll bet the farm that he's got something on one of these rich golfers he caddies for, and now it's that golfer's turn to do him the favor by bankrolling this appeal and vouching for his "character". Happens all the time in the country club world. Disgraceful that a Murderer can potentially walk away from his crime with the right set of friends and their lawyers behind him.
By AARGHHH (12), Hamptons on Apr 28, 11 4:58 PM
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You hit the nail on the head AARGHHH !!!
By ELECTRICUTIONER (65), east islip/montauk on Apr 28, 11 5:13 PM
You are Exactly right!!! I mean, c'mon... This golfer spends over 2 million dollars in legal fees for a simple caddy at his golf club??? This is TOTALLY unrealistic. I'm betting he wouldn't even do that for his own nephew.

There's some real dirt in this relationship- Guaranteed!
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Apr 28, 11 8:05 PM
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Speaking of Anger, see posts above.

Justice will prevail.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 28, 11 7:56 PM
Overzealous prosecution refers to someone instituting legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior with the intention to support an excessive enthusiasm for some cause, rather than with any genuine basics for the suit.

The cause was a popular hometown father of 2 and he was in a horrible accident. The judge permitted the D.A. excessive latitude in a variety of areas and denied reasonable requests by the defense, which is not fair and it is not the law. Subsequently, the judge ...more
By R SPORT (2), Southampton on Apr 28, 11 8:04 PM
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"Unless you are an expert, it is ridiculous for you to determine anyone’s anger issues by their history or how anyone will react after being pushed off a table. I believe, Oddone was denied an expert. "

An expert in what, anger issues? This sentence, not surprisingly, makes little sense.

Would he have listened to the DJ say get down, after being told to get down by someone else? He was told to get down more than once. He didn't.

"Oddone was caught off guard". ...more
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on May 4, 11 2:38 PM
R Sport, your scaring me. Never heard somebody so out of touch on the subject. Obviously your Oddones friend or family member but come on? You say he didnt get a fair shake? Go ask those two kids whats fair? And you really have some nerve questionong the intent of other patrons at the bar that night. That is a low blow! Why cant your friend take responsibilty for his own reactions?
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Apr 28, 11 9:22 PM
After today's court date, Oddone will remain in prison- where he belongs.
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Apr 29, 11 8:09 AM
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Pro bono.... hmmm. What a good samaritan. I am, of course, being facetious.
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Apr 29, 11 10:47 AM
A guy chokes another guy in a room full of people, victim dies, defendant gets a manslaughter charge, I think he got off easy, why is this being dragged out. Haven't the family and friends gone through enough. I know people who were there and some have still not recovered, lets this guy rot!
By patrick61 (18), Hampton Bays on Apr 29, 11 10:53 AM
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Sport, you may know scumbag but i knew victim and this was a good guy who's life was taken by said scumbag, you can ramble all you want, this guy was as guilty as they get and quite frankly, i hope it goes back to trial and he ends up with murder 2!
By patrick61 (18), Hampton Bays on Apr 29, 11 11:00 AM
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@ Patrick.
Please know that, aside for the obscenely absurd comments from the ridiculous person called "R Spor"t, mostly all commentators here agree with you wholeheartedly.

I know that I do!

It's obscene that the family of Mr. Reister needs to once again think about this murderer.

By elliot (254), sag harbor on Apr 29, 11 2:00 PM
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You are so right, Elliot!
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Apr 29, 11 4:40 PM
I knew the Reister family, went to school with older brother, Larry. Knew the parents very well, Andrew was the kid brother who never caused any problems to his family. Larry and the parents are gone, and of course, now so is Andrew. Don't judge a book by it's cover? Judge a man by his actions. The amount of rage exhibited by the convicted man is undeniable. Killing someone with your bare hands? You are known by the company you keep? I'd be very suspicious of those golfers aka lawyers. I wonder ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Apr 29, 11 2:42 PM
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I know the Reister family myself, very well. Couldn't agree with you more. Larry's parents are deceased...but Larry is still very much alive, thank God...he's a great guy.

Your remarks are so true, Summertime. Thank you.
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Apr 29, 11 3:21 PM
Summertime...
I am just wondering if you have it all correct...
Andrew was not Larry's brother....

It was Larry, George & a sister...
Andrew was George's son. And, yes, he was a wonderful son.
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Apr 29, 11 3:39 PM
Summertime,
I remember two brothers but I don`t recall a sister, what was her name??
By Patricia Eckey (1), Sag Harbor on Apr 29, 11 4:24 PM
Actually, Andrew's parents and two brothers are all very much alive. Larry would be his uncle. And it is very sad to have to see the entire family go through this again.
By sunnyside (4), Southampton on May 2, 11 2:39 PM
WOW!! Wasn't this the same juror who complained and had the others kicked off???!!! What a shame for the Reister family, to have to endure this again is very sad. And I agree, what interest does this attorney have? Obviously he has made a successful career for himself, why invest all of this money in someone not even related to him? You can't write this stuff....
By Truth prevails (17), Long Island on Apr 30, 11 12:51 PM
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To 27East...
Where's the follow up from Friday's hearing?
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Apr 30, 11 6:00 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Apr 30, 11 10:04 PM
What was considered "inappropriate"....it wasn't a duplicate..and it wasn't off topic.
It was a referral to the question elliot asked. No private, confidential information revealed. ???
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on May 1, 11 3:49 PM
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By bigfresh (4663), north sea on May 2, 11 6:47 AM
Fact remains, Mr. Oddone CHOSE not only to assault Mr. Reister, he chose to hold him in a headlock for an extended period. Mr. Oddone chose to be disrespectful to a place of business, and it's patrons by dancing on a table. Mr. Oddone chose to serve his own interests, and not the interests of safety, or his fellow patrons, when asked to refrain from doing so MORE than once. This young man is clearly not only selfish, but violent, and has the "rap sheet" to prove it. A choke hold of the nature ...more
By Mr. Z (11832), North Sea on May 2, 11 4:39 PM
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Let's try this again, the convict shopuld have been sent to Riverhead and put in the general population. Ture justice would have prevailed and this appeal would not be happening. HOW'S THAT ?
By bigfresh (4663), north sea on May 2, 11 4:40 PM
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27East.... We're still looking for the follow up to this story.
By elliot (254), sag harbor on May 3, 11 2:46 PM
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By MICHAELK (3), MONTAUK on Jul 7, 11 7:11 AM