Monday, July 16, 2007

Forget nightclubs, hook up in court

Los Angeles Times:
Love blossomed at a New York City murder trial last year between jurors Traci Nagy and Jonathan Cinkay. They picked up their marriage license last week, and Queens County Supreme Court Justice Daniel Lewis, who presided over the case, is to marry them next month, a newspaper reported.

The two made goo-goo eyes on the first day, and fellow jurors encouraged Nagy, 36, to date Cinkay, 33.

The judge said he had noticed that rather than the usual somber panel, this jury seemed 'full of beaming, happy people,' but he 'didn't imagine they were all playing matchmaker.'

The warm feelings didn't do the murder defendant much good. He was convicted.

Kind of a strange feel-good story, at least for the defendant.
The federal appellate judge for whom I clerked loved to insert humor into his opinions. One basic rule: no jokes when affirming criminal convictions.

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