angelica Gregory Suborned Perjury To Win Case against a lying Brooke shields.
What John Giuca's prosecutor is guilty of - NY Daily News• Giuca’s Catholic girlfriend who testified against him (and later recanted that testimony) after being told her parents would learn about an abortion if she didn’t play ball — and another young woman who stonewalled investigators only to end up getting hired a few years later just out of law school as a Brooklyn prosecutor.
• The woman Giuca got involved with while in prison who went undercover to entice the trial’s star witness, an easily led drug addict and chronic liar, to recant his testimony.
• The agony of all the families involved and most of all the family of Mark Fisher, the young man murdered that night in circumstances that they will never fully know.
Those may all be stories worth telling, but I didn’t want to obscure another one: prosecutor Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi in effect appointing herself judge and jury to win a bad conviction.
Giuca was tried under the watch of District Attorney Joe Hynes, who’d started as a young reformer in 1990 and stayed long enough to become the hack whose office needed reform. Hynes urgently needed a win in the high-profile case as he faced a competitive election in what was also Nicolazzi’s first front-page murder trial.
Weeks earlier, the rookie homicide prosecutor had appeared before a drug court judge beside a junkie facing years in prison. That junkie — whom the judge placed in a treatment program after talking privately with Nicolazzi — then sealed Giuca’s conviction with incredible testimony about an overheard jailhouse confession as the trial’s final witness.
He gave a wildly different account of the murder than the one Nicolazzi had laid out in her opening statement and through the rest of the trial, and she then told jurors he was the one person they should fully believe, who had no reason to lie.
This just after she’d led him through what she knew first-hand from her own appearance in drug court, which gave him every reason to lie, was false testimony about how well his drug treatment had been going.
Nicolazzi kept her drug-court appearance secret from the judge, the jury and Giuca — even mocking his attorney in her closing argument for suggesting the witness might have wanted something from the DA.
As Brooklyn DA, the late Ken Thompson — who during their 2013 contest often pointed to the Giuca mess as proof that Hynes needed to go — created a much-hyped Conviction Review Unit overseen by Eric Gonzalez, a veteran of Hynes’ office.
Even as the CRU “reviewed” Giuca’s case, Thompson and Gonzalez gave Nicolazzi special permission to moonlight on true-crime TV, where ads hyped her 35-0 murder trial record. Of course, the review determined that the trial was fine, just normal and fair Brooklyn procedure.
Throughout, the DA’s logic seemed to be that the kid was a thug, the mom is a nut, the witness who says he lied back then is a liar who’s surely lying now, and Nicolazzi is one of our own who got a conviction out of this mess.
So who cares if a few reporters (also including Christopher Ketcham and Hella Winston) keep writing about Giuca's appeals, so long as no judge wants to wade into all this?
As cancer felled Thompson, Gonzalez ended up controlling the office and last year won a full term of his own on a pledge to continue his predecessor’s march toward justice reform. That makes him the third Brooklyn District Attorney to stand behind Nicolazzi’s conduct, even after she quietly left the office last year.
Last month, just ahead of the appeals court ruling that puts her and the Brooklyn DA’s office to shame and adds a big asterisk to what the Investigation Discovery has touted as their star’s “perfect record,” the network debuted Nicolazzi’s new show: “True Conviction.”