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Oddone guilty of first-degree manslaughter, jury announces Monday

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Michael Wright   Dec 14, 2009 10:25 PM

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Suffolk County Criminal Court jury found Anthony Oddone guilty of first-degree manslaughter on Monday, after nine tense and tumultuous days of deliberation following a seven-week trial. He was acquitted on the more serious charge, murder in the second degree, on which he had been indicted in August 2008.

Mr. Oddone, 27, of Farmingville now faces a minimum sentence of six years in prison and a maximum of 25 years. He will be sentenced by County Court Judge C. Randall Hinrichs on February 9.

The verdict was announced in the Riverhead courtroom on Monday at about 5:15 p.m. His attorney, Sarita Kedia, said afterward that she would appeal the conviction. Assistant District Attorney Denise Merrifield said she will ask the judge to sentence Mr. Oddone to the maximum.

Following the verdict, and before being led away, the defendant turned to Stacey Reister, the widow of victim Andrew Reister, and mouthed the words, “I’m sorry.”

With tears welling in his eyes, he also mouthed “Thank you” toward his mother, Laura, and the crowd of his friends and supporters—including two members of the Bridgehampton golf course where he had worked during college who are thought to have paid for his defense—seated in the courtroom as New York State Courts officers handcuffed him. Some of Mr. Oddone’s friends broke into tears following the verdict. One stormed angrily out of the courtroom.

Mr. Reister, who was 40 when he died, has two children. He had been a Suffolk County Department of Correction officer and was moonlighting as a bouncer at the Southampton Publick House on August 7, 2008, when he clashed with Mr. Oddone after telling the younger man to stop dancing on a table. Mr. Oddone wrapped an arm around Mr. Reister’s neck and choked him for what some witnesses testified was as long as three minutes. Mr. Reister never regained consciousness and was declared dead two days later.

To find Mr. Oddone guilty of manslaughter in the first degree, the law states that the jury had to conclude that Mr. Oddone had intended to cause “serious physical injury” to Mr. Reister when he began choking him and in doing so caused his death. To be found guilty of murder, the jury would have had to conclude that he intended to cause Mr. Reister’s death.

Outside the courtroom following the verdict, Ms. Reister said she was happy with the conviction, even though it was on a lesser charge.

“It’s got a 25 in it—it’s fine,” she said, referring to the years in prison Mr. Oddone faces.

“I don’t want to celebrate his loss or [his mother’s] loss, but I am thankful,” she told to reporters in the hallway where she and her family and Mr. Oddone’s supporters all had awaited the verdict since the jury began deliberating on December 3. “Nobody wins here. He was crying. I was crying. Nobody wins.”

She acknowledged Mr. Oddone’s silent apology and said that the tears in his eyes told her he was remorseful.

“Do I forgive him? That’s a big word,” she said when asked by a reporter. “He took the biggest part of my life.”

Ms. Reister said she was relieved that the ordeal of the two-month trial and the long deliberations was finally over.

“I can be a mom again,” she said. “Tomorrow, I’m letting the kids skip school ... and we’re going to make Christmas cookies.”

“I’m probably going to come here tomorrow, because I’m on auto pilot,” she joked with a fleeting smile.

The verdict brought an end to one of the longest criminal trial deliberations many in the courthouse could remember by a Suffolk County jury. The jury had asked to have the charges read back to them five times, had spent more than eight hours in the courtroom listening to testimony read back to them, and apparently waged some very heated battles in the jury room. On both Thursday and Friday of last week, Ms. Kedia had demanded that separate jurors be dismissed from the case because they had violated the secrecy of their deliberations, apparently in exasperation at the difficulty of reaching consensus.

One of the jurors, Stephen Garvey, said following the announcement of the verdict on Monday that the jury members had set aside the most serious charge, murder in the second degree, early in their deliberations and had battled over the manslaughter charge for more than a week. He said it was the “not guilty” vote of a single juror that held up the verdict for most of their nine-day struggle, and that they had been close to declaring themselves deadlocked.

“It was 11-1 on that Friday afternoon ... and then it was just a matter of convincing the other juror,” Mr. Garvey, a 61-year-old retired Long Island Rail Road employee from Northport, said in the lobby of the courthouse on Monday evening; he was the only juror who agreed to talk to the media. “We went over all the evidence, and we just had to convince her that his actions showed his intentions ... We re-lived the crime over and over and over.”

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Thank you Michael for being constantly on top of this. Well done.
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 5:22 PM
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By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (169), Hampton Bays on Dec 14, 09 5:23 PM
Verdict is guilty, first-degree manslaughter.

Details coming...

By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (169), Hampton Bays on Dec 14, 09 5:26 PM
Well THAT certainly adds to the dialogue!
By Frank Wheeler (1186), Northampton on Dec 14, 09 8:37 PM
A correct decesion-justice is served.
By EastEnd68 (811), Westhampton on Dec 14, 09 5:35 PM
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Yeah, if you like it when the bad guy wins... Due to the help of a bunch of unknowing 19th holer's... Reister, I will always remember you, as before Anthony Oddone decided to strangle you to death... Rest assured, the Karma Police will surely be paying you visits, daily, for the rest of your life, in the form of that devil on your shoulder, that instructed you to kill someone.
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 7:02 PM
Story is updated, briefly, with reports from Michael Wright at the courthouse.

He will be filing an update later this evening--check back later--and we'll have full coverage in the print edition this week.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (169), Hampton Bays on Dec 14, 09 5:47 PM
Now Judge Hinrichs will have the difficult job of deciding the proper sentence to impose. Many who thought the Defendant was guilty of Murder 2 would want the max, those who thought it was a Man 2 a sentence on the low end.

Hopefully, the proper respect will be accorded Judge Hinrichs when he undertakes such a difficult job.
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Dec 14, 09 5:53 PM
no justice when one man will never come home to his family again because of a drunk in a bar....you tell reiser's children justive was served today...
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on Dec 14, 09 5:57 PM
WOW kinda quiet here where are all the mouths that said he would walk, hung jury,thrown out etc etc etc....you know all the attorney wanna bes, where are they now??? head in the sand...
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 14, 09 5:58 PM
Just curious, does the time that he already served go towards his sentence? Or does he start now?
By lowenbrau37 (7), sag harbor on Dec 14, 09 6:02 PM
Time he has already been incarcerated is credited against whatever sentence Judge Hinrichs imposes in this case.
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Dec 14, 09 6:04 PM
Thank you.
By lowenbrau37 (7), sag harbor on Dec 14, 09 6:05 PM
Let this be a lesson to all the apologists with crooked moral foundations who have littered this board with falsehoods throughout the proceedings, there are consequences for ur actions. God bless Tony, God bless the Reister family.
By HB 4 Life (72), Hampton Bays on Dec 14, 09 6:02 PM
Justice is served by the jury verdict. All other possible verdicts were always on the table, and a "slam-dunk" conviction or acquittal was never certain.

The jury has spoken. Its decision is Justice in action.

The wildly emotional positions taken here are only that.

Peace on Earth.
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 6:25 PM
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Peace on Earth.. After we're done strangling someone to death... Yes, peace on Earth...
And, give the gift of life...
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 12:51 PM
I HOPE NOW THE REISTER FAMILY CAN HAVE SOME CLOSURE, I WISH THEM PEACE
By CHERI (12), HAMPTON BAYS on Dec 14, 09 6:32 PM
Finally -- some progress -- we can now stop calling him a murderer !
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 14, 09 6:33 PM
Don't kid yourself...He's still a murderer. He took a life.
By Kibo (3), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 7:12 PM
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You can dress him up, but a pig in a tuxedo is still a pig.
By pjcd (24), Smithtown on Dec 14, 09 7:28 PM
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Thank you to the jury for their diligence and thoroughness.
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 6:34 PM
Now with this guilty verdict will the overly rich big shots from the bridge golf course that financed the guilty mans defense. Help the Reister family during the second Christmas season that the children will be fatherless???!!!!
By Bwana (9), Sag Harbor on Dec 14, 09 6:41 PM
Sounds like sour grapes, are you jealous of their wealth, it's sounds as though you are condemning them for their economic status. Do you think your hostility towards them is in the holiday spirt.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 14, 09 6:53 PM
Heads are in the sand...... Sandtrap that is....
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 14, 09 6:53 PM
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Well said.
By Kibo (3), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 7:13 PM
Now that beachbum has made the excellent, oh so disgustingly truthful comment, in an amazingly artful manner… I will put in my two (ga-billion-trillion, because apparently size matters on this board) sense…
Jealous of their wealth?! Negative… I have wealth, and not only in my head… Because I’m sure that was the wealth you refer to…
More so jealous of their amazing capacity for emptiness, blindness, and expertise of numb-ignorance….
This is the best ‘The Bridge’ can do in terms of philanthropy?! ...more
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 12:53 PM
fix-it-now, it's hard not harbor at least some dislike toward those who have taken too much from society, the irresponsible wealthy, or this young man.

This young man took a healer, husband, and father from ALL of us, first and foremost, his immediate family. And, though a corrections officer, he was a healer. He helped to heal people's lives, who wanted something better after harming society, and being incarcerated for it.

The wealthy in question, also harm society, by hoarding ...more
By Mr. Z (5610), North Sea on Dec 16, 09 9:12 AM
The system came up short in my opinion but a killer is sent to jail just the same. Reap it Oddone! I'm a retired SCPD officer and if given the same circumstances, you would be dead. I hope you experience every day you spend in jail. Sorry for your family but you will live every incarcerated day wishing you haden't acted like the animal that you are.
By mcy957 (4), Moriches on Dec 14, 09 6:46 PM
And remember, Anthony, Tony, Oddone.. You killed Mr. Reister... Parents of Oddone, supporters of Oddone... You can keep him, we don't need anymore Killer Caddy's this side of the Canal....

I thought Lizzie Grubman ruined 'The Hamptons'.. I was wrong, I take that back, you did Mr. Oddone.. And you're rat-pack supporters... The Publick House will always be known to me, as that great place, until it could only be remembered, as a memory.. One of Andrew Reister, and his loving smile.

Oddone ...more
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 6:57 PM
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*your
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 12:59 PM
Glad to hear you're retired, hope you're enjoying it more than the tone of your comment leads me to believe. Maybe leave the ",you would be dead." back with the retired job. No more killing !
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 15, 09 8:18 PM
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To Fixitnow: then what do you suggest we call him? A man-slaughterer? Just curious. If manslaughter makes you not a murderer, then what does it make you? I think we wont know if justice really has been served until the sentence is issued. Does anyone know how long that will take?
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Dec 14, 09 6:51 PM
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Yes, I guess manslaughterer would be the term. There should have been a date for sentencing set today, maybe it will be in an update.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 14, 09 6:58 PM
Sam,

The term "murderer" is generally used as a legal conclusion, which the jury rejected here.

mcy957 used the term "killer" which is not a legal conclusion. Perhaps this fits the bill?
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 7:05 PM
Sentencing will not be till after the holidays, they want to have time to think about how he's going to handle being in a state pen. Hell, maybe he can dance on a table up there.
By pjcd (24), Smithtown on Dec 14, 09 7:13 PM
How about we just call him a KILLER
I think that is accurate!!!!!
By Bwana (9), Sag Harbor on Dec 14, 09 10:30 PM
Where will he serve out his time?
By ELECTRICUTIONER (65), east islip/montauk on Dec 14, 09 6:53 PM
at a guess he's headed upstate........
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 14, 09 6:56 PM
Justice has been done. Thank you!

Merry Christmas ~~
By AnonymousSgh (173), Sag Harbor on Dec 14, 09 6:53 PM
Someone is dead at the hands of Oddone, who gets to go home again after a few years in a cell... Then, they'll let him out to do it again...

Merry Christmas *%*^&^$%^#$!!!

And a Happy New Year...
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 7:06 PM
It is justice...but it is bittersweet... We will never have Andrew again~
By AnonymousSgh (173), Sag Harbor on Dec 14, 09 7:20 PM
to fixitnow: if he is not a murderer,why is he going to jail? HELLO! DUH!
By nurse (51), sag harbor on Dec 14, 09 6:58 PM
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INS, if someone strangles YOU to death... Would they be considered a murder?

No, because not many people would care if you were missing from this board...
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 12:58 PM
Is Tony Oddone not entitled to have legal council paid by whom ever is able and willing to do so. This was not a man who intended to go out and kill someone. This is a man who had too much to drink, was pushed from a table by a man not wearing a bright yellow "bouncer" or "security" jacket. He WAS defending himself, but due to the alchohol his judgement was clearly impaired. There is NO winner here. Mrs. Reister and family lost a good man, and Tony will lose the hopes of his future too.

MCY957, ...more
By teacher2u (1), hampton bays on Dec 14, 09 6:59 PM
Dear Oddone Supporter:
Many people, actually innocent people, go to jail everyday, for longer terms than Oddone will.. And, they have never killed anyone... Why? Because they cannot afford an attorney.. So, is that to say it is just, when a man, who cannot afford an attorney, and killed someone, has his campaign funded by a bunch of arse-clowns swinging at plastic balls? Why? Because he recommended the right club? Because he holds their arsenal? Is this man now in their pocket for life? ...more
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 1:12 PM
Andy was an ordinary man, who happened to be a corrections officer. The reaction would have been the same. Andy was a local, not only that an all around good person. People are not upset because he was a corrections officer that was killed, while moonlighting as a bouncer, people wanted justice for Andy the man, the husband, the father, the friend, the hometown boy. The resentment of what happened goes far beyond Andys chosen profession. When Tony killed Andy in a way he became a symbol of all ...more
By pstevens (354), Wilmington on Dec 16, 09 2:09 PM
Sorry, to want to inflict SPI to an individual that asked nicely for you to remove yourself from a table ( at the age of what 23 or 24) , you reply with a f@#$ you, or something similiar, and you ( juries decision) intend to cause SPI _ serious physical injury , and then cause an innocent man's death....cause why ??he embarassed you? i know some say assault, (to the anntys out there) its NOT ASSAULT ..........................i'm agreeing with MCY957 and going with ANIMAL.....
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 14, 09 7:09 PM
Thank goodness for everyone involved that it has come to an end. I will not hide the fact that I am as satisfied as I can be with the verdict. I am wondering what and when a sentence will be declared by the judge.

God Bless you Stacey.
By wondering (61), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 7:10 PM
I bet he gets the minimum...with his time served he will be out in 3 years.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Dec 14, 09 7:14 PM
God, I hope not. I think the Judge has more than the minimum on his mind!!!
By wondering (61), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 7:19 PM
Either way - i will surely be enjoying my friends and family these holidays and being glad that im not Mr. Oddone. He is heading upstate and from what i understand its not very hospitable to 27 year old white boys from Long Island.

I do think given his young age and if the level of remorse shown if/when he says something at sentencing is believable i think the judge will give him a 2nd chance at having a life again.



By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Dec 14, 09 7:24 PM
I want to know where the two pretentious loud mouths are. INS and USERNAME1 had it all figured out. I'm surprised their not here to tell us how much time he'll be sentenced to.
By pjcd (24), Smithtown on Dec 14, 09 7:20 PM
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you were talking 1 to 5 and my tax dollars will be worth spending as long as he stays where he is and not go to some other silly thing that they are taxing us for money well spent
By kmh (12), southampton on Dec 14, 09 8:28 PM
I knew I could bait you-- your soooo easy!!
By pjcd (24), Smithtown on Dec 15, 09 6:23 AM
What a waste of time and money that the prosecution didn't simply charge Oddone with manslaughter in the first place.
By open mind (18), southampton on Dec 14, 09 7:21 PM
we're crying.
By username1 (32), bay shore on Dec 14, 09 7:50 PM
username1,

Just curious, do you feel that your comment is really in the spirit of forgiveness and compassion for the Holidays?

Peace on Earth.
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 7:53 PM
Crying? Doubtful unless someone poked you in the eye. You are a cold heartless jerk.
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on Dec 15, 09 3:53 PM
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By username1 (32), bay shore on Dec 14, 09 7:55 PM
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"Peace on Earth" to you too!
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 7:57 PM
I doon't know who you are or how you say you know Tony you are out of line and trashy and DO NOT represent Tony or any of his family or friends talking like that. I doubt if you even knowhim because if you did he would hate you for talking like that! If you don't know him, sop make the rest of us look bad wth your insults and heartless words on here please!
By friend4life (17), Ronkonkoma on Dec 14, 09 8:09 PM
COMMENT SOOOOO UNCALLED FOR..........
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 14, 09 8:16 PM
are you in central islip! how can you say mr reister got off easy with a death sentence. the lives that mr oddone destroyed was his own his mothers and the reister family guess your a little bitter you are the type of person we should not ask to stop dancing on a table at a bar where is your heart
By kmh (12), southampton on Dec 14, 09 8:35 PM
Username1-
You're either a monster or a raging drunk.

I can't quite decide.
By elliot (203), sag harbor on Dec 14, 09 9:20 PM
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You are a disgusting human being. I think you've fallen off one too many bar tables yourself.
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on Dec 14, 09 10:13 PM
You are disgusting and cruel. How can you even say such a horrible thing? There is obviously something very wrong with you. Seek professional help.
By concerned citizen (41), Hampton Bays on Dec 14, 09 10:17 PM
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F4L.. Her garbage holds no credence. As Mrs. Reister said, there are no winners here. I will continue to pray for ALL who were affected by this senseless tragedy. I wish them strength.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Dec 14, 09 10:58 PM
They do know Tony, Anthony 'The Killer Caddy' Oddone.. That's why it sounds trashy.. Because they do know him... You're all trashy.. Killers are trashy. People who side with them, belong in the same dump. Keep supporting your 'killer' mascot...
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 1:19 PM
open mind
You sure got that right. If they did not over charge him this could have been over quicker with less grief for everyone.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 14, 09 8:22 PM
12 or 1200 jurors could not hide the truth of this case. two guilty verdicts just 1 yr and 4 months apart.
By username1 (32), bay shore on Dec 14, 09 8:26 PM
Wah wah wah. Even Oddone turned around in court after he was found guilty and mouthed the words "I'm sorry" to Stacey Reister. And yet here you are, spewing your hate, unwilling to concede that he did wrong. Go back to the hole you crawled out of.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Dec 14, 09 9:49 PM
Username1...

You, your insane and cruel opinions, and vicious anger are OVER.
By elliot (203), sag harbor on Dec 14, 09 11:42 PM
???????????????????????????????????????
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 14, 09 8:30 PM
As a juror on this case, I couldn't wait to get home and google the hell out of this story. Well what a surprize! First of all, as for Ms. Kedia's comment that there was a prior misconduct of mine in regard to voicing my opinion, this is THE FIRST TIME I've ever heard of this. I happened to be the last-ditch effort by this weak defense at a mistrial. In truth, I am a county employee who was locked in a room for 11 hours a day listening to Juror #3 make biased comments about police and corrections. ...more
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 14, 09 9:13 PM
Juror 2,

Has it occurred to you that your comment may be the basis for a successful appeal? How was the hesitant juror "forced" to agree to the verdict?

Loose lips sink ships?
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 9:42 PM
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She can say whatever she wants now that the trial is over. Stop being ignorant. Juror 2, please do not validate anything this fool says with a response- your time I'm sure is way too valuable.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Dec 14, 09 9:47 PM
You must be a friend of Ms. Kedia's, or a defense attorney at best. Please don't be ignorant with your statements and reread what I actually wrote. She was forced to answer the questions to which she had no valid answers. She was forced to face the truth. Deliberations are a process, and we are all different. This was extremely difficult on ALL involved, including the jurors so I would appreciate you taking the time before making such comments.
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 15, 09 6:20 AM
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Thank the Lord! Now we can only hope he gets the max. There are no winners in this tragedy, but at least now the family has some justice. I only pray that both families find some closure. Today was not a victory, because a man has lost his lfe at the hands of another. Two families have been ruined. My heart, however, goes out to the Reister family.
By cush870 (28), east quogue on Dec 14, 09 9:15 PM
Nobody wins with this verdict.

God bless Mrs. Reister and her children for having to endure this ordeal.

I also feel sorry for Oddones mother who had to sit there all these months of the trial. I cant imagine the pain she must have seeing her child go to prison for killing someone.

Oddone will probably wind up in the SHU for his entire sentence, i highly doubt they put him in gen pop. He would most certainly would be considered a target in there.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Dec 14, 09 9:15 PM
And let's not forget Mr. Reister's parents who sat there everyday of this trial. They had to hear over and over again how their son was killed in a room filled with people too shocked to intervene. My heart goes out to them.
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 14, 09 9:33 PM
I dont know what you can or cannot say but i have a question thats been bugging me...

What were the thoughts of the jury of how reister ended up in the chokehold in the first place? Its not easy for a smaller guy to get a large, trained officer such as Mr. Reister a position like that. Was it a matter if Oddone just being much stronger than Reister?

Also, did the jury consider if Oddone not letting go was because he was afraid of what might physically happen to him when he did ...more
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Dec 14, 09 9:43 PM
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Thank you, Juror 2, for your service, and for fighting the good fight. People like you keep my faith in our justice system. I'm sure it's been a long road for you. Have a blessed and peaceful holiday season with your family.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Dec 14, 09 9:44 PM
Thank you Juror 2. The family does appreciate your hard work.

It was sad to watch Andrew's parents listening to the testamony day in and day out.
By AnonymousSgh (173), Sag Harbor on Dec 14, 09 9:52 PM
And the same to you.
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 15, 09 6:27 AM
I do not want to respond for the jury, but will respond myself. It is my belief, and after now hearing of Mr. Oddone's past it was confirmed, that Mr. Oddone was a hothead to begin with and he was PISSED. Using the testimony in the trial, the jury put it all together and reenacted the scene. Major kudos go to Jurors #5 and #9 for their extreme diligence and patience. It is my opinion that Mr. Reister was never expecting a fight, he was doing his job. But Mr. Oddone was extremely mad and intent ...more
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 15, 09 7:02 AM
People were not too shocked to intervene.. Oddone was set in his ways, to hurt this man the best he can.. Also know as, killing...
After he had dropped him cold to the floor, rendering him unconscious... He left, in fear of retaliation, as you said.. Except, legal retaliation. When you kill someone, usually you're found guilty of it...
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 1:25 PM
PBR, Juror #2 did not say that the hesitant juror was forced to come back with a guilty verdict. Reread the comments and you will notice that Juror #2 said that the hestitant juror "was forced to answer the questions of the other jurors and finally faced the truth." How that reads to me is that the hesitant juror was unwilling to listen to the other jurors and listen to what they had to say. If I'm not mistaken (and if I am, I apologize), jurors in deliberation are allowed to ask each other ...more
By itsamazing (143), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 10:16 PM
PBR, thank you. And if I had read your reply sooner, I wouldn't have answered at all. You hit the nail on the head. Kudos.
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 15, 09 6:28 AM
I noticed in the online Press article above, that the defense attorney, after the trial told some of the jurors, “There were several things about his criminal history, which he has, that I couldn’t tell you about during the trial,” she told the seven men and five women. “He has a history of violence, he has a history in bars, he worked as a bouncer ... There is more to this guy than just a guy in a tie sitting at a table, if that helps you sleep better tonight.”

I guess now we know why ...more
By itsamazing (143), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 10:20 PM
"I noticed in the online Press article above, that the defense attorney......."

A more careful reading, itsamazing, will reveal that it was the Assistant District Attorney who said that.
By Frank Wheeler (1186), Northampton on Dec 15, 09 12:36 AM
Thank you to the community for all your support that you gave our family, Thank you to the Jurors for having the duty to be sure their was a fair verdict in the case,Thank you to the witnesses that took the stand. Thank you to the Southampton Village PD, the Ambulance crew, the nurses and doctors at both Southampton and Stonybrook, and the first responders at the scene, , Thank you to the SCCO's and COBA, and the inmates at the Riverhead County Jail. I may have lost a brother, but I have also gained ...more
By Rooster (4), Southampton on Dec 14, 09 11:20 PM
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Please convey to your parents my sympathy. On the days when it got extremeley difficult, I would go out in the courtroom and glance at them and the wife of Mr. Reister and her mom. It helped keep my eye on the ball. And to the gentleman that was there EVERYDAY sitting behind your parents, the jury noticed him too. We never figured out who he was, but his intent was unmistakeable. And to you, your pain was evident and my heart goes out to you. After coming home and googling and reading all there ...more
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 15, 09 6:46 AM
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There was another case in Suffolk where 3 police officers came into the courtroom simply to see if justice was being done. 16 morons noticed their presence as you say you noticed the presence of the man behind Mrs.Reister.

In the case I am referring to the police witness that was testifying noticed those 3 cops in the audience as well. He knew they knew he was lying. He was a superior officer, a LT, and he chased them out into the hallway and reamed them out. Before the sun set those ...more
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 15, 09 12:42 PM
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To THE EQUALIZER:

You attribute intent to the officers in question that is unsubstantiatable.

On the other hand, appearing in uniform at a hearing wherein they had no part is overt intimidation. If those cops were on duty, they should have been doing their jobs rather than sitting in the courtroom. If they were off-duty, they should not have appeared in uniform.

If their lieutenant tore a strip off them, they deserved it.

Most police jurisdictions have regs ...more
By highhatsize (1892), East Quogue on Dec 16, 09 4:07 PM
Thank you Juror 2 for coming on and here and for helping us to further understand the deep emotion behind your courageous decision!

God Bless the Reister Family.
By wondering (61), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 7:33 AM
Have fun in the slammer TONY, you can not imagine all the new friends you are going to have, really close friends. The COs in all probability will not be coming to your rescue when you and Bubba settle in for a long winter's night.
By bigfresh (1069), north sea on Dec 15, 09 7:36 AM
May I remind everyone that we can all sit here and hide behind our screennames and call ourselves whatever we want. I could be a woman! INS is obviously not Richard Pryor! Many are probably not using their real hometown. My point is some have come on here to say they are friends or family of the Reisters or the Oddones, and now we have "juror #2" suddenly popping up. I will give you all the benefit of the doubt that you are all intelligent enough to scrutinize these facts and be weary of certain ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Dec 15, 09 8:09 AM
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Dont you think I could create a new username under a different email address and claim to be Juror #3??? Cmon I dont know who that person is- real or not- but bottom line is its just for the "drama effect."
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Dec 15, 09 8:12 AM
The name is Tammy Buckley from Manorville, NY. Let this put to rest your speculation.
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 15, 09 8:40 AM
Ms. Buckley,
Thank you for your service-That had to be difficult trying time.
What had you read about this case prior to being assigned it?
By open mind (18), southampton on Dec 15, 09 8:45 AM
It was the hardest thing I've ever done - and I have 3 children.

I read NOTHING before the case and it killed me. But it was a challenge for me and I'm happy. But I spent alot of time lastnight catching up - believe me.
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 15, 09 9:18 AM
# 2
you work for the county &
knew nothing of a fellow worker's death / killing at the PH -- are you in a special pool of uninformed citizens that keep a wonderfully blank open mind that are available for duty
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 15, 09 12:14 PM
My name is Sam Smith from Eastport. What does that prove??? (my name is NOT sam smith from eastport.) This is CHAT ROOM people.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Dec 15, 09 9:12 AM
Sorry Sam, it really is me. And anyone who knows me would expect that I'd do this. I believe its public information if you'd like to check.
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 15, 09 9:20 AM
Sam, why are you so belligerent? What purpose does it serve?
By SusieD (108), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 9:49 AM
Hopefully now the SCCO program will step up there self defense program
By yanks09 (4), Shirley on Dec 15, 09 9:19 AM
A big AMEN to that.
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 15, 09 9:20 AM
Juror # 2,
That's a difficult task with three kids.
and that (3 kids) answers why you hadn't read about the case last summer (2008)
By open mind (18), southampton on Dec 15, 09 9:29 AM
I'm amazed that Oddone's supporters were so shocked with this verdict! Perhaps it was just the shock of knowing that your buddy is gonna be a little cell and probably be someone's b*tch by the end of the week... but you reap what you sow. He maliciously attacks another person - that person dies as a result of this attack - and the attacker is convicted of manslaughter. The math makes sense to me.

God Bless Stacey and the rest of the Reister's Family and Friends.
By LJ (9), out east on Dec 15, 09 10:05 AM
Well here it goes..especially to slammin, wheeler, fixit and the other nit wits who felt it necessary to comment on this case. You weren't there that night in the Public House. You were not there EVERY day to hear and see the testimony from EVERYONE. I know because I was (behind Mr. and Mrs. Reister..that was me Juror #2). I know you weren't there because some days it was just the victims family and me. I was there to watch and listen when they couldn't bear to stay and do so. I watched with ...more
By bgbs (1), shinnecock hills on Dec 15, 09 10:21 AM
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Easy pal - im far from a nit wit....especially coming from someone who cannot form simple paragraphs.

If you have nothing else better to do (which seems to be the case) go back into all of my comments and find something where i said Oddone was innocent. I said from day one that he would go down for manslaughter, i have never condoned any of oddones actions.

I followed this case closely because i like to go out to bars and what not...and i have seen local bouncers go way over the ...more
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Dec 15, 09 12:19 PM
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Well the mystery man speaks up. Thank you for the comments. As I'm sure you can tell, it was a rough road.

Happy Holidays to you and your family.
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 16, 09 6:49 AM
maybe youre one of the drunkin fools who went over the line drunks never thought they did anything wrong lets think back to the death of little katie riding in a limo responsible family we have to stop using drinling and losing our wits as an excuse and just because someone doesnt separate his paragraphs doesnt mean he doesnt have the right to pick you out as a nit wit he can tell by your comments and i guess he succeeded because thats all you really find fault with sorry forgot my perfect grammar
By kmh (12), southampton on Dec 16, 09 8:53 PM
Juror #2 thank you for being so honest and forthright. The world needs more of you. It was pretty obvious when we watched all of you after the deliberations began that Juror #3 was causing a problem just by looking at the facial expressions and especially the time when she leaned in to whisper to you and you blew her off. All of you on the jury where given a difficult task and let it be known that we had confidence in you all along even when the defense tried some of their tactics for a mistrial. ...more
By localbigboy (7), southampton on Dec 15, 09 10:23 AM
Thank you very much, I wish your family all the best.

P.S. - Thats a good friend, we should all have one that would do that for us.
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 15, 09 4:35 PM
JUROR#2 - assuming you are who you say you are - All that you have done by posting on this blog board is that juries, especially Suffolk jurors are effing screwballs. That opinion is not come about because of the guilty verdict by the jury - it is what it is.

A Suffolk County employee that is expected to join the ranks of the SCPD, getting their full salary ( make sure you turn in the juror stipend to the County) and you seem to consider yourself a champion of justice.

Are you ...more
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 15, 09 10:24 AM
Dear Juror #2: You may well be charged with a charge of attempted reckless endangerment. The story is that while Ms.Merrifield was flying into work this morning her Blackberry beeped advising her she had a message. She opened up this website and her broom went into a tailspin and she crashed. However, it is your good fortune that the likes of the Merrifields cannot be killed in ordinary means - they need to be shot with a silver bullet or have a wooden spike thrust into the heart. That is why ...more
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 15, 09 10:54 AM
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WOW !
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 15, 09 11:18 AM
You my friend are an absolute tool
By porter (17), shoreham on Dec 15, 09 1:08 PM
If there was a charge for "stupidity", Oddone would have been found guilty in a heartbeat.
By Dodger (101), Southampton Village on Dec 15, 09 10:59 AM
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open mind
you did not get a answer to your question of # 2.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 15, 09 11:47 AM
As you all know, I am an Oddone supporter, and know we are in the minority here, and I obviously will not abandon him, and I will go down with his ship

I believe he should and will pay his debt to society, and it wont be the minimum 6 years, and it wont be the maximum 25 years. I don't even know if it matters now because of the appeal process that will take place.

But no matter what the sentence is....he will be free again one day

The past 3 things I have just said are ...more
By italianstallion (10), north salem on Dec 15, 09 11:53 AM
Get off ur high horse! U, FOTO and others have posted untruths about a good man who went to work and never came home throughout these proceedings. Ur attempts to skew the facts and influence jurors was reprehensible. U have attempted to portray urself and Tony as victims all the way up until ur last post. Enough is enough, stay up the island and never patronize any establishments east of the Brookhaven town line for all our safety please.
By HB 4 Life (72), Hampton Bays on Dec 15, 09 12:02 PM
Yes.. Anthony Oddone killed Andrew Reister.. That is a fact... If Anthony Oddone were hit by a car that day, Reister would still be alive..
By The Royal 'We' (132), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 12:49 PM
I.Stallion: Its nice that you can brag that your friend Tony will be free one day.

Because of your friend, the Reisters can't sit around and wait for Andrew to return. That's whats sad here.

Hope you all have a nice Christmas.
By AnonymousSgh (173), Sag Harbor on Dec 15, 09 2:42 PM
An "Oddone supporter"? What is that exactly? Are you like him? Drunken, irresponsible and out of control when you're at a bar? Would you leave a family without a father, kill a woman's husband while you're "out on the town"? Would you run from the scene of your crime like a coward and then cry to your mother and the wife of the man you killed "for mercy" just before sentencing?

You're some hot stuff..."Oddone supporter".
By Dodger (101), Southampton Village on Dec 15, 09 12:26 PM
"INFLUENCE JURORS" ? Jurors are not supposed to read anything regarding the case?

It's a shame that while Juror #2 was gazing over at Mrs.Reister that she didn't pick up on her sense of dignity and compassion. Juror#2 could have learned something from watching Mrs.Reister - a first class lady and real human being.
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 15, 09 12:32 PM
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Why are some people so hateful? Mr. Oddone Killed someone. He has to answer for that. He went to far, and that is why the Jury rendered the verdict of Manslaughter. They can appeal, but I doubt it leads to anything. He didn't mean to kill Andy but his actions caused Andy's death. He is not a victim. Both men made a poor choice that night. Andy is dead he paid for that choice with his life. Mr. Oddone is going to pay for his choice with time spent behind bars. Even if he is sentenced to the Max, ...more
By pstevens (354), Wilmington on Dec 15, 09 4:24 PM
you people are crazy. I can't believe some of the things i'm reading. Equalizer,, you really are a tool for lack of a better word.

Justice has been served, or at least, that is the way it looks from my vantage point.

Ms Buckley: Thank you for serving the community, you service is greatly appreciated, don't let these morons get on your nerves.

To the Reisters: I'm so sorry for your loss, I hope this verdict brings some closure.
By East End Guy (21), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 5:41 PM
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hey... I am just saying I am not jumping ship and going to change my mind about him or anythign becuase he was found guilty of manslaughter, I said above he will pay his debt to society, what ever it is... and what is so bad about saying he will be free again one day, if his debt is 10 years 15... or 25... hes allowed to be free after he serves the time...nothing wrong with that
By italianstallion (10), north salem on Dec 15, 09 5:44 PM
Juror 2,

Thank you for your service on the jury and dedication to Justice for all.

Thank you for your posts clarifying how the hesitant juror (#3) “was forced to answer the questions of the other jurors and finally faced the truth.” Yes, you are correct, in my summary of this, I took a shortcut to say that she was forced to accept the MS verdict, and that was not literally correct. (And thanks to itsamazing for clarifying this also.)

So I apologize for taking a hasty shortcut, ...more
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 5:51 PM
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PBR = Spin Doctor. Pay attention:

"She was forced to answer questions of other jurors and finally faced the truth". That's the only time she used the word "force". It would appear the other 11 jurors did their best to have Juror 3 seek the truth within her own interpretation of events by asking her questions, so she could hear her OWN answers. Ever think of that? "She was forced to answer the questions of other jurors and finally faced the truth". Finally faced the truth.

You ...more
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Dec 15, 09 9:41 PM
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maryb123,

At 6:25 last night, posted these comments:

"Justice is served by the jury verdict. ...... The jury has spoken. Its decision is Justice in action."
______________________________________________________

In many other comments here, I always said that whatever happened after Mr. Reister made the first physical move was open to factual and legal discussion.

I also suggested that "killer" might be an appropriate term to use, rather than "murderer." Do ...more
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 15, 09 9:54 PM
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If you truly accepted the verdict for what it is, and truly believe "justice was served", then why are you picking apart Juror 2's post like a hungry man on a chicken bone?

You sit there and dissecting her passages, and spinning them so far out of reason, going as far as suggesting another juror may have been "forced" into a decision. Yet you say you feel "justice was served"? You contradict yourself.

She spent months of eleven hour days and nights, away from her loved ones, ...more
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Dec 15, 09 10:18 PM
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PBR
Your points are well taken.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 15, 09 6:11 PM
OUTSTANDING POST PBR. Juror number 2 is full of it. I think that this is not the end of it. I will bet you a good steak dinner that one day we will find that Juror#2 has been posting under another name on this board while the trial was going on.

For the most part most of the bloggers are looking for answers. None blame Reister or Oddone - they just know that something went terribly wrong.

If Andrew had not been a C.O., I doubt the case would have ever gotten this far.
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 15, 09 6:30 PM
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Maybe not this far, but certainly he would serve jail time. there is nothing in this case that can fully "justify" the killing of mr. Reister.

I certainly hope all this crap flying around about Juror 2 is false. I'd hate to see this case have to go over again.
By East End Guy (21), Southampton on Dec 16, 09 9:18 AM
PBR
This is the second time I've ever posted on this case.......... Your outstanding commentary shows insight and wisdom for all. Thanks You, Very Much.
signed, the Naive.
By Johnny Nova (83), Northampton on Dec 15, 09 7:21 PM
Hmmm...Seems all his "wisdom and insight" has been squashed in one fantastic line of the latest Newsday article:

Juror # 3's declaration regarding Oddones guilt: She had an "aha!" moment.

aha!hahaahahaa

Sorry PBwindbag, all that nasty speculating, questioning Juror 2's "truthfulness", all for naught. Shameless fool.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Dec 15, 09 11:23 PM
For the record, I never passed a note to the judge. NEVER. I'm not sure where you're getting your information but it's extremely wrong.
By Juror 2 (14), Manorville on Dec 16, 09 6:58 AM
I found PBR's previous comments a little long winded, however, this last one is quite thought-provoking. I hope the self-purported "Juror #2" understands that the cloak of anonymity offered by this comment board is only skin deep. It's amazing what information can be gathered with a well-crafted subpoena and a semi-knowledgeable computer tech.
By Good Ground (24), Hampton Bays on Dec 15, 09 9:26 PM
She posted her real name, therefore she's not trying to wear any "cloak of anonymity". Her service is complete, she is not bound by an oath of silence. She needs not fear subpoena.
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Dec 15, 09 9:48 PM
You can count on the defense making a motion to subpoena the records of this website in their appeal based on juror #2s comments.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Dec 15, 09 9:29 PM
they can subpoena all they want but the verdict ain't changing and Oddone is going to prison. jurors are perfectly free to state their opinions and reactions after the case. Happens all the time.

I sat on a murder trial jury once in Philly. Jurors were so apathetic that they literally asked me to decide the case for them.

Oddone should be thankful that this jury took the case so seriously and took its time deliberating. Most juries would have done the easy thing and just convicted ...more
By littleplains (305), olde england on Dec 15, 09 10:51 PM
Justice is served people, Anthony's attempt at showing remorse by mouthing the words "I'm sorry" to Ms.Reister is a joke. To which Ms. Reiser replied right back: "You should be", is a perfect end to this trial. Good for you Stacey!!
The apology was obviously staged by the defense for the judge and all of us to see before sentencing and thats all. It was a futile attempt to show the judge that Tony is sorry and that he is really a compassionate and caring human being. "I'm sorry that I choked ...more
By okkid (2), hampton bays on Dec 15, 09 11:24 PM
It was a STUPID-SPLIT SECOND-VERY BAD DECISION (to jump onto and put Andrew into a chock hold) which inturn led to three minutes of rage, thus causing his death. If Anthony would have just let go he would'nt be in the position that he is in today. JUST LET GO, thats the difference here.

Each and every one of us are held accountable for our actions each and every day of our lives.

RIP Andrew Reister.

Good luck to the Oddone family.

Like I said there are ...more
By okkid (2), hampton bays on Dec 16, 09 8:50 AM
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Best Post here.... by FAR. Thanks for your wisdom.
By BeachMuse (8), Southampton on Dec 16, 09 10:38 PM
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Justice has been served. As some of you may know, i was against Tony O. getting off easy the whole trial. I personally have had only a slight change of heart.
If the families involved can find closure and even forgiveness for the holidays, then why should we all war over opinion? I want Tony to take responsibility, but i think he might actually feel (a little) remorse, and this is coming from a harsh critic. I could not imagine the circumstance of either side, but i know everyone would want ...more
By year round (22), southampton on Dec 16, 09 1:05 AM
Thre judge and the jury performed admirably. I find no fault in the judge's ruling on motions. The Appellate Court will find the same, I am sure. The length of the deliberations, the constant requests for refreshment of the evidence, and the revelation that the intiial jury votes ranged from 2nd degree murder to not guilty manifest the struggle among the jurors to reach a just verdict. I am glad that I was not one of them.
By highhatsize (1892), East Quogue on Dec 16, 09 1:51 AM
Thre judge and the jury performed admirably. I find no fault in the judge's ruling on motions. The Appellate Court will find the same, I am sure. The length of the deliberations, the constant requests for refreshment of the evidence, and the revelation that the intiial jury votes ranged from 2nd degree murder to not guilty manifest the struggle among the jurors to reach a just verdict. I am glad that I was not one of them.
By highhatsize (1892), East Quogue on Dec 16, 09 1:52 AM
Juror #2 as she likes to call herself stated in her Dec 14 post: "Despite what was reported here, there never was a deadlock on this jury. Progress was being made every day. " However if you go to channel 612 (news12) and replay their coverage on the Oddone verdict, they interview live, one of the male jurors who states on camera that they were "very close to deadlock."
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Dec 16, 09 7:29 AM
.......and Im glad to see not all on this site are as naive as others. And if "juror #2" were really smart she wouldnt post her name & town after just convicting a man of manslaughter. I would remain anonymous and keep my family safe. Hey- there are a lot of nuts out there and one of them may just be Oddone's family or friends.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Dec 16, 09 7:36 AM
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By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 16, 09 8:33 AM
maryb123 and littleplains, I don't think any of the posts on here regarding Juror #2 have questioned her right to speak her mind and share her opinions. Rather, there is obviously some speculation as to whether "Juror #2" had visited this forum during the trial. While she may not be "bound by an oath of silence", as maryb123 put it, she certainly was bound by an obligation to follow the Court's instructions while she was a juror. If she had been reading this forum during the trial, let alone ...more
By Good Ground (24), Hampton Bays on Dec 16, 09 9:00 AM
Many are posting that Juror 2, or any juror who were to read media accounts or otherwise visit blog sites, or discuss the case, would be committing juror misconduct. Yes, judges do instruct jurors not to do those things, but we really have to ask why.

We expect jurors to render important, life altering decisions, but we treat them as little children.

Can a person, a juror, who understands that the only information that is reliable is that which passes through the courtroom doors ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Dec 16, 09 9:44 AM
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TO THE EDITOR: Im curious as to why you post :"This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate or contains inappropriate content." and it still shows the commentators name, time, etc.
Why not delete the entire comment so that no one even knows it was there??
Just curious
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Dec 16, 09 9:27 AM
It adds to the drama ;)
By AnonymousSgh (173), Sag Harbor on Dec 16, 09 9:41 AM
true
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Dec 16, 09 9:54 AM
I assume my post was deleted because it contained a link to yesterday's Newsday article in which Juror #3 is quoted as confirming Juror 2's comments about the final hours of jury deliberation before the MS verdict.

maryb referred to this above also.

About the tough questions I asked of Juror 2 -- they HAD to be asked IMO, and now they have been answered more or less. Even the appearance of impropriety in the jury deliberations bears further discussion. This is our right, indeed ...more
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 16, 09 9:58 AM
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Publius, you state in your above comment that jurors should be free to read about the case they are deliberating on in papers and blogs. You suggest that the prohibition against doing this is born from "judicial paternalism". I think you are missing the real basis for the rule. If jurors were free to read newspaper accounts about the case they were hearing, wouldn't it eviscerate the rules of evidence. For example, this newspaper reported on Oddone's prior bad acts, however, the Judge ruled ...more
By Good Ground (24), Hampton Bays on Dec 16, 09 10:15 AM
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When we expect jurors to act like adults, evaluate evidence like adults, and render verdicts like adults; there are very few things you will need to tell them to disregard.

When we start treating jurors like children and that is all we expect, that is all we will get. AND, you run the risk that when a case is weak jurors will speculate that something must have been suppressed or excluded, and will act as the children you assume them to be and speculate that something has been withheld. ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Dec 16, 09 1:01 PM
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Actually he hit someone with a beer bottle...
By pstevens (354), Wilmington on Dec 16, 09 1:48 PM
slander is spoken. this is a blog -- so it would be libel.
By hbs (2), WHB on Dec 17, 09 9:55 AM
PBR, did you like the post by #2 telling us how the prosecution told them after the verdict how bad Oddone really was? Wow, I guess they needed assurances they did the right thing so they could sleep at night.

There is a well known lawyer that is charging the confession taken from his client is false. It is from a very well known recent case. This same attorney, while a prosecutor years ago assured a jury that they did the right thing because the defendants involved in the case are strutting ...more
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 16, 09 10:16 AM
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I think it was said in a Juror#2 post that the 30 witnesses were 'shocked' into inactiion. good thing their memories weren't so affected.
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 16, 09 11:03 AM
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Publius, let me lay it out for you as clear as I can. The Southampton Press reported the following in an article published on Sept. 30th entitled "Club members offer $1 million for Oddone bail; trial nears start": “The judge, however, disallowed discussion of Mr. Oddone twice violating his probation—once for receiving a summons for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and again for moving to Long Island when he transferred colleges in 2005—as well as his arrest in 2005 for ...more
By Good Ground (24), Hampton Bays on Dec 16, 09 2:14 PM
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One of your arguments is "because we have always done it that way." That does not hold water with me.

What does driving with a suspended license, or transferring to another college without first telling a probation officer have to do with whether Mr. Oddone committed murder ? Nothing.

When you say Mr. Oddone was arrested for destruction of property and you say that someone made an accusation that he struck another person with a beer bottle in the head at a time when he was working ...more
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Dec 16, 09 2:50 PM
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Publius, in my experience, jurors, as a whole, take their responsibility seriously and try to do a good job. Unfortunately, trying hard does not always translate into following instructions. In that regard, you have more faith in the average juror than I do. Whether or not Oddone's furniture tossing and bottle breaking incidents should have been admissible is a separate argument altogether. However, if you think that reading about those incidents in this paper would not have made a difference ...more
By Good Ground (24), Hampton Bays on Dec 16, 09 3:25 PM
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Notice Sam below started his remark, if those allegations are true...

I credit jurors no more and no less than lawyers and judges. If they are told the accusations about a beer bottle to the head could come in, and the DA didn't produce it, then the jury could reasonably accept that there was no credible evidence to be offered even as assessed by a DA that often presents evidence that strains credulity.

If we trust jurors with a man's life, we must trust them with all of the information ...more
Dec 16, 09 4:07 PM appended by Publius
If a defendant wants a paternalistic verdict, he can always waive a jury and go bench.
By Publius (358), Westhampton Beach on Dec 16, 09 4:07 PM
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If those accusations are true then Oddone really does have an impulsive anger problem and it was only a matter of time before it caught up with him. I am now convinced more than ever that he is where he deserves to be.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Dec 16, 09 3:52 PM
WOW, Oddone violated his probation by driving without a license. That’s a biggie not to go unnoticed.

Let me give you a few examples on how the Suffolk DA works when it suits their agenda.

PAROLE VIOLATION:
There was this fellow named Chris Minnuzi that went to jail for one year after he pled out to a steroid violation. Some of the cases related to his prison term were still not resolved as two of the 14 arrested went to trial and refused to plead out. Mr.Spota didn’t want ...more
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 16, 09 5:45 PM
Sir, You seem to have a lot of conspiracy stories. Tell me, you got any dirt on Santa Clause?
By porter (17), shoreham on Dec 16, 09 6:46 PM
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Santa Claus.....OMG... you made me laugh out loud!! That was good!!

By AnonymousSgh (173), Sag Harbor on Dec 17, 09 7:02 AM
PROBATION: THE MAN WHO WAS NEVER VIOLATED:

Let me apologize to MaryB 123 for my ‘selfish’ behavior by reporting on the past transgressions of DA Spota, and Ms.Merrified’s husband ADA Peter Timmons.

MaryB thinks I am being selfish when I attempt to create an accurate portrait of The Suffolk DA office and how it makes that office unworthy to even prosecute a case of jay-walking.

May, 2004 – Two detectives from Spota’s office will place themselves near the home of Jake A. ...more
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 16, 09 6:54 PM
LET ALL THE CRIMINALS OUT OF JAIL!! EVERYONE IS INNOCENT!!



(Somebody get the butterfly net...)
By maryb123 (84), east hampton on Dec 16, 09 7:54 PM
Sure, why not. Arizona just sent another 'criminal' home after he did 28 years. Donald Eugene Gates, MB 58 years. I think his release had something to do with DNA. What is that now 220 falsely convicted?

What is that : 220 trials X 12 jurors = 2620 jurors that found them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Ooops.

Conspiracy theory? Nice way to discredit that which you refuse to agree with - the corruption in the criminal justice system.

I just gave you hard cold and ...more
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 16, 09 8:49 PM
So what happens with oddone now? Does he just sit at Rikers until his sentencing in february?
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Dec 16, 09 8:24 PM
Yes he does, And hopefully he will have another 25 yrs to think about what he did to Andrew.
By porter (17), shoreham on Dec 17, 09 12:56 AM
He's not getting sentenced until February? What news source was that reported from?
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Dec 17, 09 8:05 AM
This one did above: "He will be sentenced by County Court Judge C. Randall Hinrichs on February 9"
By Good Ground (24), Hampton Bays on Dec 17, 09 8:48 AM
SOUTHAMPTON PRESS STAFF: By putting an abridged version of the new Oddone story on the website do u think u will sell 1 additional print copy in Southampton Town? All this does is serve to infuriate myself and other loyal readers that allow u to set high ad rates on this website and encourage us to go to Della Femina's website and Hamptons website. Furthermore the journalism in the abridged story is poor. While u call a juror unamed, Newsday printed the name of that juror two days ago.
By HB 4 Life (72), Hampton Bays on Dec 17, 09 8:52 AM
As one avid reader of this site, l I for one would be thrilled if you left and never came back. And unlike you, I'll be happy to spend a buck for a newspaper to read the whole story. If you think you can get the same level of reporting on Hamptons.com or Della Femina's web site please do us all a favor and go there.
By hamptonsfoodie (3), Southampton on Dec 17, 09 9:30 AM
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I second that. He just sticks around to complain. Why?
By FOTO (36), Lake Grove on Dec 17, 09 9:42 AM
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Well at least I did not disparage a good hard working man who was choked to death and cause additional grief to his family members by posting falsehoods about him being an aggressor and bully. Everybody on this message board can read your ludicrous past comments by clicking on the 34 next to FOTO. Check Urself!
By HB 4 Life (72), Hampton Bays on Dec 17, 09 10:40 AM
I encourage you to go back and read all of 34 of my prior posts and find one instance in which I referred to Mr. Reister as a bully. Never did I do that and I stated several times how I felt sadness for his entire family, was praying for them, and belived that he was proabbly a great guy. I did call him an agressor because it was stated in court that he intiated physcial contact. That's it. Never called him names, never disrespected him, never said anything "ludicrous." Thank you for my reality ...more
By FOTO (36), Lake Grove on Dec 17, 09 11:12 AM
I just bought the Press. Great new article Michael -- sorry Juror 2 was not willing to talk with you. If you could interview Juror #3 (Ms. Oka, according to another publication) at some point, that would be a great follow-up piece IMO. Keep calling Juror 2 too. She was so outspoken here (nice of you NOT to quote her "eloquent" statement about Juror #3). Why the silence now?

There is nothing like holding the real paper in one's hands, the smell of the ink, the larger type and graphics, compared ...more
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 17, 09 10:36 AM
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Periodically in the threads about the Oddone trial, posters have expressed glee at the prospect of his homosexual enslavement in prison. This reaction appears regularly in trial threads as if it were existential fate. Why is this? The Supreme Court has manipulated judicial procedure and other aspects of imprisonment but doesn't see a violation of civil rights in sodomitic rape. Corrections facilities hand over control to the criminal population in prison, to a greater or lesser degree, as a ...more
By highhatsize (1892), East Quogue on Dec 17, 09 2:04 PM
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If you have read other postings of other trials that took place in Suffolk County you would have noted that there is an abundance of people that are obsessed with the 'joy' of a prisoner getting raped. They often like to describe the raper as "Bubba". They seem to be obsessed with oral and anal rape.
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 17, 09 2:21 PM
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By ELECTRICUTIONER (65), east islip/montauk on Dec 17, 09 6:14 PM
It will be VERY interesting when Mr.Wright updates his interviews with the jurors if any of them said they would have liked to hear Oddone testify? I am sure that most of them were of such a mind. Wouldn't it then be interesting if this would be cause for a mistrial? Let us now see how fair Judge Hinrich really is, or will it be left for an appellate court to decide?
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 17, 09 2:23 PM
EQUALIZER,

The decision for Mr. Oddone not to testify would have been made by his defense attorney and Mr. Oddone, and would not be reviewable on appeal, unless a new appellate attorney uses as one basis for appeal, "Ineffective Assistance of Counsel," which I would doubt very much would apply here.

Juror Misconduct may be another more fruitful avenue for appeal, or for evidentiary hearings in the near future IMO.
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 17, 09 2:47 PM
Dear Mr Shaw, thank you for the thorough reporting and for showing both sides of the story. Oddone's lawyer was dedicated and professional and her efforts were a story in themselves. GOd bless all involved int his unfortunate and unpleasant affair.

But what can one do about the idiotic comments that follow this story. Can there be some guide lines to limit the arguing about everything and nothing? Or do most people just skip that section? MAny thanks AH
By AL (4), southampton on Dec 17, 09 3:11 PM
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Oddone will probably end up in isolation...i doubt he will see any bubba action.
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Dec 17, 09 6:53 PM
WHY?
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT OR PROTECTION FROM POSSIBLE CO'S RETALIATION ?
By ELECTRICUTIONER (65), east islip/montauk on Dec 17, 09 6:59 PM
He killed a corrections officer. Who's to say these COs dont turn their back when people start beating him down in general population? I thought that i read somehwere (not sure if it was here or not) that he has been isolated in Rikers this whole time just for that reason.

I dont think any prison wants the liability of something bad happening to him. He will go on 23hr lockdown with an hour a day to walk around in a cage. He will eat his meals locked in his cell.

Better get some ...more
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Dec 18, 09 9:54 AM
As some of you may have deduced from my postings I have a relative that served 7 weeks in Riverhead and is now in a state prison serving time for a crime he didn't commit.

I can tell you that while he was in Riverhead he was treated with the utmost respect and decency as the system would allow. I would like to think that Andrew Reister was one of the C.O's that supervised his incarceration. No complaints here as to the treatment he received at Riverhead.

In the prison he is now ...more
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 17, 09 8:16 PM
Peace on Earth for All
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Dec 17, 09 8:51 PM
Remember that it was Spota who successfully resisted the defense motion for a special prosecutor to be appointed in the Tankleff 440 motion, and it was Spota that 'requested' a special prosecutor to be appointed to determine if there was enough evidence to re-try Tankleff, and to determine if anyone else could be charged for that crime.

Attorney General Cuomo was happy to oblige. It was Cuomo that couldn't resist saying 'although there was some evidence of guilt" on the part of Tankleff, ...more
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 17, 09 9:51 PM
JUROR 2 said she got home after the verdict was in and 'googled the hell out of the story.' What's the matter, Tammy, you didn't get enough?

Were you disappointed that your name wasn't mentioned? Maybe you should have added your High School graduation picture to round out the piece.

You really expect me to believe you were able to restrain yourself and didn't go into this Board the second you knew you were in the jury pool ?

What other names have you used on the site ...more
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 18, 09 9:13 AM
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I have to tell you that after I read Juror@2's postings I have to wonder if Oddone ever had a chance with her. It brought back of a lot of bed memories of Suffolk juries. No, I wasn't disappointed with the verdict. Don't know if Oddone was as guilty of Manslaughter 1, or murder 2, or less. What I did know was that he wouldn't get a fair shake with a Suffolk jury.

When she said she was 'happy' to have served on that jury I wanted to vomit. How could any human being find pleasure on being ...more
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 18, 09 3:45 PM
JUROR#2, What's the matter a RAT got your tongue?
By THE EQUALIZER (62), JERICHO on Dec 19, 09 6:17 PM
I think the editors here should re think this kind of comment board..the Press is a good paper..this kind of posting cheapens it to National Enquirer status...the anonimity really brings out the "best" in everyone here.. Please re consider this kind of commenting..rude, bullying, etc..sign your name and lets see how that goes...
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on Dec 21, 09 11:36 PM
I personally think these message boards are the best thing that could happen for this publication. Im willing to say because of the Oddone trial the web traffic to 27east.com has at least doubled. That in turn leads to selling more adspace & subscriptions.

:)
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Dec 22, 09 12:25 PM
Freedom of Speech is Good.

Sentencing postponed to March.
By PBR (3994), Southampton on Jan 31, 10 8:51 PM
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