NEW YORK — New York City criminal defense attorney Paul Hirsch discusses the seven-week long trial that surrounded the Manhattan nanny who was convicted for killing two children in 2012.
“This was horrific,” Hirsch described of the case that concluded in April. The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, had been working for the family for almost two years at the time of the murder.
“The mother took the youngest child to swim class, and when she came home, she found her two children deceased in the bathtub,” Hirsch explained.
While Hirsch noted there was no argument to where and how the children died, the case boiled down to Ortega’s intent.
“It all came down to what was on Ortega’s mind,” Hirsch said. “The defense’s argument was that she couldn’t form the intent, because she was not of sound mind at the time of committing the acts.”
Following the weeks long trial, the 12 person jury seated at State Supreme Court convicted the nanny on four counts of murder.
Ortega was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder, and two counts of second-degree murder. According to reports, she was sentenced on May 14 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
To view more of Hirsch’s breakdown of the trial, watch the Lawlink segment below.
To contact Paul Hirsch of Spar & Bernstein P.C. call 1-800-529-5465.
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