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Saipov Trial Day 2 Has Juror Questions and Victims as DOJ Seeks Execution on 28 Counts

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 10 - Sayfullo Saipov is now in a trial that may result in the death penalty for killing eight people with a van along the West Side Highway.

  On May 4, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Vernon S. Broderick held a conference on the case and Inner City Press live tweet it...

On January 10, 2023, witnesses from families run down by Saipov testified, with interpreters, and the day ended with a video of Home Depot. One juror wants to ask questions about Saipov' driver's license, another if he is an alternate. Inner City Press was there, thread here:

OK - now Day 2 of death penalty trial of US v. Saipov, jury called in more than an hour late (they had questions). 

Day's 1st witness is Joanna Maroudas, FBI Special Agent for 19 years. Did post arrest interview of Saipov.

Maroudas: He is wearing a green top, at back table

AUSA: Did he tell you what he had done?

 Maroudas: He rented a truck to kill people.

 Maroudas: He said Abu Bakr al Baghdadi told him to conduct the attack. He's the former leader of ISIS.

AUSA: Where did the interview take place?

Maroudas: In Bellevue Hospital. He asked to hang the ISIS flag. He smiled.

Now cross-examination of FBI's Maroudas by Federal Defender Sylvie Levine.

FD Levine: Mr. Saipov gave you consent to search his phones?

Maroudas: Yes. I started going through it right then.

FD: He answered all of your questions?

Maroudas: Most of them. Not all.

 Next witness is from tourist group, with interpreter, that along with visiting Top of the Rock(efeller Center) and, ironically, the site of 9/11/01, rented bikes from Blazing Saddles and biked down perimeter of Manhattan, 9A. Judge Broderick calls the lunch break

Saipov's Federal Defenders [wisely] decide not to cross examine the first victim-family witness. Next US witness is also from Belgium.

She says: I traveled to New York with my mom and my two sisters. On October 28. We rented bicycles from Blazing Saddles. 

Witness: The truck was red and black. My sister was screaming (sobs). I turned around and saw her lying next to her bicycle. She was unconscious and there was blood coming out of her nose and mouth. I tried to remember a first aid course I took.

[Again, no cross]

Saipov trial day ends with video of Home Depot (we hope to get that and other videos soon) - Judge Broderick tells jurors not to Google or talk to anyone about the case. Once they leave, he asks about Juror 531 who wants to know if he is an alternate


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