There was a chill on the second floor of the Westchester County Courthouse this morning, and it had nothing to do with winter weather.
Without saying a word, the wife of convicted Mount Vernon thief Arthur Rose told defense attorney Carolyn Minter exactly what she thought of her — or at least her inability to get an acquittal for her husband.
As they left Judge James Hubert’s courtroom, where Minter has just been replaced by another lawyer, she turned to Mrs. Rose and said, “Good morning.”
Minter seemed stunned. “You mean you can’t even say good morning to me?”
At that point, Mrs. Rose gave her a look that I won’t even attempt to translate, but it made me step five paces back. Mrs. Rose then turned and walked down the hallway with her new attorney Barry Agulnick, a veteran criminal defense lawyer from Brooklyn.
For those unfamiliar with the case, Arthur Rose, the former purchasing agent for Mount Vernon schools, was found guilty of accepting bribes from companies who he helped get big contracts with the district. He was supposed to be sentenced today on third-degree bribe receiving, official misconduct and receiving unlawful gratuities.
He is facing up to seven years in prison on the felony charges. Judge Hubert adjourned the case to Jan. 23 so Agulnick can get up to speed.