With Lippe mistrial, what’s next?

werner lippeIf you haven’t already heard, the Werner Lippe murder trial ended in a hung jury on Friday. Click here to read the story.

What seemed on the surface to be a slam-dunk case — he confessed three times to killing his wife — turned into an uphill battle for prosecutors, thanks in no small part to defense lawyer Andrew Rubin, considered one of the best (if not the best) in Westchester County. His argument that Lippe was coerced into confessing, and his skills preparing lippe before taking the witness stand, created reasonable doubt in the minds of at least one juror (and from what I heard, several).

I called a few criminal justice experts on Saturday to get their thoughts about what happened and what needs to happen to avoid a second deadlock. To my surprise, they all took time out of their weekends and called me back. Thanks, guys! Click here to read that story.

So now everyone is wondering …. when is Lippe going on trial again? From what I hear, it may not be for several months. Rubin has another trial about to start, plus he and his partners have other clients to defend. Assistant District Attorneys John O’Rourke and Christine O’Connor also have other cases to prosecute. But both sides will meet this Thursday in the Trial Assignment Part court to discuss scheduling. As soon as I know more, you’ll know more.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.