WHY DID JUDGE
FROM BIONDI'S JURY?
Simone Demou owned a co-op apartment in New York City and she wanted to rent to Gregory and Shannon Broome. When she told Gregory Broome that he and Shannon would have to fill out a rental application and be interviewed by a tenants committee of two persons, Greg Broome went ballistic.
He fired off a memorandum dated May 31, 1995 to Simone stating, “We do not intend to go through an interview. We have neither the time nor the patience to deal with the egomaniacs that put together these forms.” He complained that it was going to be “much more of a hassle than we believed” to get the apartment. The note concluded “I am confident that, if the Board stays out of our way, we’ll have an excellent relationship over the next two years.”
When the contents of this memo were revealed to Nick Biondi by Simone Demou, Nick Biondi described Mr. Broome as “arrogant.”
As reported on the front page of the New York Times on May 14, 1997, Judge Robert L. Carter, the presiding judge at Nick’s trial, described the word “arrogant” as “a code name for racial discrimination” and suggested that the Broome’s had made a case that they had been victims of discrimination, since “arrogant,” the judge said was itself a “a code name for racial discrimination.” “In earlier times,” the judge went on, “when the term was a little cruder, it was called uppity.” The judge added, “But now it is a little more civilized and it’s called arrogant. That’s the word that’s used.”
Judge Robert L. Carter would not let the jury see the memorandum that Gregory Broome sent to Simone Demou. He felt that it would prejudice the jury against Mr. Broome.
Gregory Broome’s lawyers seemed to have found a sympathetic ear in Judge Robert L. Carter, who was once Thurgood Marshall’s assistant at the NAACP and helped argue Brown vs. Board of Education before the Supreme Court in 1954. In fact, he pushed aside another judge in order to hand pick this case for himself. His rights of seniority entitle him to stipulate what types of cases he wants to sit on and when.
In my opinion, Judge Carter revealed an extreme racial bias for Mr. Broome, and a racial bias against Mr. Biondi when he would not allow the jury to see Greg Broome’s memorandum of May 31, 1995.