The judge in Abraham Hirschfeld's murder-for-hire trial does not have the authority to bar the millionaire from giving jurors money after the case concludes, Hirschfeld's lawyer says.
State Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman reaffirmed her order Tuesday that Hirschfeld not give jurors money after the trial. The millionaire gave $2,500 on Sept. 2 to 10 members of a jury that deadlocked over whether he was guilty of tax fraud. Two other jurors in that case refused payment.
Arthur Aidala, Hirschfeld's lawyer, said he saw nothing that gives a judge the authority to tell jurors what they may not do after they are discharged from service. The judge said she was just trying to ensure a fair trial.
Hirschfeld is charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill former business partner Stanley Stahl in 1997.