Supreme Court Grants Bail to Pharma Millionaire Gigi Jordan Who Was Convicted in Death of Son

Matthew Vadum
By Matthew Vadum
December 21, 2022Supreme Court
Supreme Court Grants Bail to Pharma Millionaire Gigi Jordan Who Was Convicted in Death of Son
The U.S. Supreme Court building stands in Washington on Oct. 3, 2022. (Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

The Supreme Court took the unusual step Dec. 20 of granting bail on an emergency basis to a multimillionaire pharmaceutical executive previously convicted of manslaughter in the death of her young son.

In 2014, Gigi Jordan was convicted of administering a fatal dose of drugs to Jude Mirra, her 8-year-old autistic child, in 2010 and given an 18-year custodial sentence in 2015. Her defense characterized what happened as a mercy killing. Jordan is currently at liberty subject to a secured bond and court-imposed curfew.

But after her conviction, a Manhattan court determined that Jordan had been imprisoned unlawfully because there were irregularities during her trial.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit disagreed, finding the lower court’s ruling that her imprisonment was unlawful was wrong. On Dec. 19, the 2nd Circuit ordered Jordan to report to prison immediately.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees emergency applications from New York, unilaterally stayed the order late in the day on Dec. 20.

The brief order (pdf) in the case, Jordan v. Lamanna, court file 22A551, also directs prosecutors to file a response to the application no later than 4 p.m. on Dec. 27. Amy Lamanna is the superintendent of the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.

Sotomayor did not explain why she granted the order.

Separately, Jordan filed a petition (pdf) with the Supreme Court on Nov. 4 asking the justices to grant oral argument in her appeal. The high court is scheduled to consider the request on Jan. 6, 2023.

Her lawyers argue that Jordan was deprived of her Sixth Amendment right to a public trial because of what they called “a shocking courtroom closure in the middle of the guilt phase of … Jordan’s closely-watched criminal trial.”

During the trial, the judge misbehaved and “abruptly declared” that “everyone” had to leave the courtroom for several minutes and directed court security to keep the courtroom closed to spectators, according to the petition.

During the unusual closed-door session, “the judge heard repeated defense objections to the closure, contentious allegations by the prosecutor of misconduct by Jordan and the defense team, a motion for corrective jury instructions, and a motion for clarification on a gag order. For his part, the judge made direct inquiries of the defense team, admonished the defendant (just four days before she was to give testimony in her own defense) for what he believed were ‘improper’ statements published on a website, and instructed the prosecutor to conduct an investigation.”

The petition states that the New York Appellate Division affirmed the trial court’s overruling of Jordan’s objections to the closure and misapplied legal precedent, finding her public-trial right was not violated because what was discussed in the absence of the public was the same kind of material that would be raised in a sidebar with lawyers or in a conference in chambers.

The Epoch Times has reached out for comment to Jordan’s attorney, Michael B. Kimberly of McDermott Will and Emery LLP, and to prosecutor Steven Chiajon Wu of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

From The Epoch Times

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