They say that ‘justice is blind’ and meant to be ‘impartial and fair to all’ of the parties involved . From the defendant who seeks his acquittal for a crime. And for the prosecution working on behalf of the state and primarily for the rights of a victim or victims as the case may be.
And as much as we’ll take pride in our judicial system with its scales of justice presided over by a judge and a jury of one’s peers. There are still some flaws to a system where in some cases the rights of a defendant far outweighs those of the victim. And especially those where the victim is one of a violent crime.
Williams seen here in happier times alongside his then New Jersey Nets’ teammates. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Eric Metcalfe ……………..
You all know doubt remember the circumstances behind the case of former New Jersey Nets’ star Jayson Williams ? Five years ago he was charged aggravated manslaughter wherein he shot and killed his former limo’ driver Costas ‘Gus’ Christofi on the estate of his palatial New Jersey mansion in the Alexandria Township. A rather upscale community of luxury built abodes .
Williams and his wife Tanya listen attently at the pre-trial hearing concerning his original manslaughter case. picture appears afp/ Charley Hampton ……………..
What took place at Williams’ estate goes to the credence of the case which was brought against him and still going on to this day. At some on the 14th February 2004, in the late evening, Cristofi was blasted with a shot gun and died of his wounds on the property. However, the circumstances leading up to the incident was shrouded in mystery and a great deal of subterfuge on the part of Williams and his acquaintances who were in attendance at the time.
Williams seen here with one of his attorneys the renowned trial attorney Billy Martin. One of the more prominent cases if one can call it as such a case. Was that of ex President Clinton and procedural process that was going to take place concerning his impeachment. What was not known to the public was at the time Martin acted as go between in keeping in contact with then intern Monica Lewinsky. picture appears courtesy of ap/ Phillip Dankworth ………………….
It was first reported that Cristofi died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. But the coroner’s office and that of the Medical Examiner’s office ruled that outas cause of death. So what indeed took place on that February night ? Williams, who at first showed a great deal of sympathy for the victim and his family was being less than truthful with the events that took place. Especially when we then found out that the victim had been shot with a weapon owned by Jayson Williams. One would hardly believe that a limo driver havng been called on duty and who no doubt on this occasion was being well compensated for being on call for the rest of the evening. Would then take it upon himself to commit suicide.
Defense attorney Billy Martin tries to explain to the jury his client’s claim that the weapon was accidently discharged when the victim Costas ‘Gus’ Christofi was accidently shot that fateful night. This claim was put forth in the original trial. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Ed Sampson ………………………
But that was indeed what Williams and his accomplices would have us believe took place that evening. The truth came out when law enforcement proceeded to conduct their investiagation . Much of what Williams and some of his guests told the police were infact lies. The body had been moved it was suspected from the original scene of the crime. And it was later confirmed by the evidentiary statement given to detectives by one of Williams’ associates who’d been charged as an accomplice. That individual would later give a statement for the prosection laying out the events that took place that fateful night.
And whilst it appears that the victim’s family has yet to gain closure on this case. Williams will again be going on trial for the manslaughter charge in the death of Cristofi. It now adds a cursory note as to the depths that he’s now appeared to go to in order to avoid going to jail. At present a judge has to preside over a hearing as to whether or not an alleged racial epithet thrown at Williams as such violates his rights and allows his case to be thrown out. When one bears in mind what took place that fateful night. Williams should now count himself lucky that was all that has been thrown at him despite his ongoing problems surrouding this case and other events that’ve taken place recently.
In listening to the video recording above take note as to the body of what the defense is trying to do. And then the course of action by the state’s attorney and that of the presiding judge at the hearing. It make for some wonderful insights into the judicial system and its inherent flaws. Flattering or unflattering I leave it all up for you to decide. Somehow, there’s a victim awaiting justice and a grieving family reliving an arduous ordeal. Justice isn’t blind, it’s just the way that it’s dealt with, that it has its flaws as to how we ought to perceive it, to be .
Thanks in part for reading and I hope that your comments on the matter, will be something that you feel needs to be discussed.
Courtesy of The Trentonian
By staff and wire
TRENTON — Retired NBA star Jayson Williams is expected to plead guilty today to fatally shooting a chauffer while showing off a shotgun in a plea deal that will put him in prison for no more than three years.
Williams, who retired from pro basketball in 2000 and opened a waffle restaurant with his wife in downtown Trenton, was to face a retrial in January on a reckless manslaughter count.
But a source familiar with the case yesterday told the Associated Press Williams would plead guilty to aggravated assault, not manslaughter, and be sentenced to “up to’’ three years in prison. The source said Williams must serve at least 18 months because of New Jersey laws requiring mandatory prison time for crimes with guns.
Defense attorney Joseph Hayden did not return calls for comment on the plea deal, and the state attorney general’s office declined to comment on any aspect of the case because of a gag order.
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The above is from an earlier post written within another forum originated by myself. I’ve refiled it here verbatim. In light of this, the player , Jayson Williams has accepted a plea agreement from the District Attorney’s office in the death of Gus Christofi on the charge of manslaughter.