Judge: Lawrence Taylor can argue evidence in NY rape case
(AP) A lawyer for former NFL star LawrenceTaylor has been granted a pretrial hearing next month tocross-examine police officers about Taylor's rape arrest.
Taylor's defense claimed in a wide-ranging motion that hisarrest was illegal because police did not have a warrant when theyburst into his suburban hotel room in May. State Supreme CourtJustice William Kelly granted the part of the motion that requesteda hearing on whether any statements Taylor made upon his arrestwere admissible.
Taylor, who led the New York Giants to Super Bowl titles in 1987and 1991, is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute.He allegedly paid the Bronx runaway $300. He has pleaded not guiltyto third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse andendangering a child.
The motion did not describe the statements he made toinvestigators. Court papers in a related but separate case sayTaylor, 51, admitted to sex acts with the girl.
The judge's ruling, dated Monday, was not publicly mentionedduring a court session Tuesday and was not immediately filed. ButRockland County prosecutor Arthur Ferraro disclosed it afterward.
"Everything that occurred was done properly and in fullaccordance with the law," Ferraro said of the arrest. "There wasprobable cause to believe that Lawrence Taylor had just had sexwith a girl under 17 in that room."
He said there are many instances where a warrant is notrequired.
Defense attorney Arthur Aidala said outside the courthouse thatTaylor believes his rights were violated and is looking forward tothe Jan. 6 hearing.
?There will be police officers testifying and beingcross-examined to determine whether the circumstances under whichMr. Taylor gave his statements were constitutional," Aidala said.
The judge denied the section of Aidala's motion that asked forthe indictment to be dismissed and for any evidence seized in thehotel room to be suppressed. But Aidala on Tuesday persuaded him toaccept further written arguments on the evidence question. Thosepapers are due Dec. 15.
Taylor did not speak during the court session, most of which wasconducted in secret at the bench. The Pro Football Hall of Fameralso did not speak as he entered the courthouse, but he did sign anautograph for a fan with a Giants poster. He is next due in courtDec. 23.
Both lawyers said they doubted a plea agreement could be reachedbefore the pretrial hearing. Ferraro said Taylor had been offered asix-month jail term and 10 years' probation if he pleads guilty toa felony. He would have to register as a sex offender.
Aidala has called that offer unacceptable.
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