Age and the Pileggi trial

In the middle of a heated cross-examination of former Eastchester Police Officer James Pileggi this morning came this amusing moment:

Pileggi, on trial for second-degree manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of his friend, Andre Everett, was trying to explain how he and his friends greeted Everett on the night of the shooting. Assistant District Attorney Fredric Green asked Pileggi what he meant when he said they “exchanged the usual pleasantries.” Pileggi, 30, said the greetings were along the lines of ‘Hey, what’s up,’ and other words common to his “age group.”

“I’m not so old, I understand,” ┬áreplied the 50-year-old prosecutor.

County Judge Barbara Zambelli, who is in her late 50s, couldn’t let the moment pass.

“You’re ‘not so old?'” she said with a smile. The jury and the crowded courtroom had a chuckle at Green’s expense. The veteran prosecutor smiled and nodded, then continued his questioning.