Anthony Nicholas Orban, Rapist Cop, Has Juror Misconduct Allegation Delay His Sentencing
But Orban may have been spared a life sentence today when the judge entertained an 11th hour defense allegation of juror misconduct--a prospect that reportedly left the victim in tears.
Defense attorney James Blatt informed Judge Shahla S. Sabet of West Valley Superior Court that his office had been contacted by a male juror who alleged he overheard two female jurors speaking, with one saying the anti-depressant drug Zoloft did not make her "crazy" and one or the other adding she had been a victim of domestic violence, reports the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
It could be argued either statement showed that juror or jurors were prejudiced before finding Orban guilty of kidnapping and raping the woman in 2010 and of being sane when he did so. The defense had conceded the 32-year-old did the crimes but argued he was insane due to being over-prescribed Zoloft and other anti-depressants to deal with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Anthony Nicholas Orban, Ex-Westminster Cop, Guilty of Violent Rape
This is a trial that already featured Sabet dismissing a male juror because he was deemed "too emotional" to continue deliberating.