Judge denounces woman's self-styled sting

April 2, 2009 6:51:40 AM PDT
A judge has rebuffed a woman's undercover attempt to get her son's Brooklyn murder conviction overturned by conducting an amateur sting operation targeting a juror in the case. State Supreme Court Judge Alan Marrus said Wednesday that Doreen Giuliano's self-styled investigation was a "vigilante" effort that invaded the juror's privacy. Marrus didn't accuse her of any crime but said the case exposed flaws in protecting jurors.

Giuliano disguised herself and adopted a phony name to befriend the juror. She then claimed the juror admitted in secretly recorded conversations that he defied orders not to read about the case and lied to the court in saying he had no inside knowledge about Giuliano's son, John Giuca.

Giuca was found guilty in the 2003 murder of college student Mark Fisher.

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