Anand Jon: The Trial After the Trial
It's going to be July 6 now before the Anand Jon case lurches into its next hearing. I say
A Web link allegedly leading to that flyer was recently received by L.A. Daily. The Internet document bears the heading, "Prostitutes for the Prosecution vs. Anand Jon" and is poetically subtitled, "Prosecutor's cast of "naive helpless sheltered, small-town girls' who are actually gold-digging drug addicts, porn stars and prostitutes.'" The viewer is shocked by the allegations. Porn stars? Really -- none of the women appearing on the flyer seem likely to be familiar to aficionados of mainstream adult films.
L.A. Daily hasn't been able to authenticate the flyer and when we contacted one of the prosecutors about it were told no comment could be made at this time. In the meantime, last Friday the case sputtered along, with co-prosecutor Frances Young asking Jon's sister, Sanjana Alexander, basically the same questions she had in April, when the deputy district attorney grilled her about her secret contacts with Alvin Dymally, the maverick juror who allegedly contacted Alexander before he'd even joined verdict deliberations.
Young reliably hammered the sister with questions about why Alexander didn't initially report her contacts with Dymally, and why she went out of her way to call him from pay phones. Alexander's respective answers, delivered in a barely audible voice, were that she was afraid and didn't want Dymally to track back her cell phone number.
Another question of timeliness has to do with the defense's latest bombshell. On May 29, Jon's lead attorney, Leonard Levine, unexpectedly played back to Dymally a grainy audio recording purporting to be of the juror speaking to Alexander. Since that encounter Dymally has been wrapped in the Fifth Amendment and last week, with his court-appointed counsel standing next to him like a ventriloquist, refused to answer any more of Levine's questions.
For now Alexander's recording, which she says was made at a pay phone on an MP3 player, remains in the hands of FBI audio technicians, who are trying to clean up the sound quality and ensure that it hasn't been edited. Thanks to attorney scheduling conflicts and looming summer vacations, all the characters of this extraordinary performance, which is unfolding as part circus, part mystery play, will reconvene in Judge David Wesley's courtroom shortly after Independence Day -- when the real fireworks are expected to begin.