Ailsa Chang is an award-winning journalist who covers criminal justice, terrorism and the courts for WNYC. She found her way into public radio after practicing law for five years, and can definitely say that walking the streets of New York City with a microphone is a lot more fun than being holed up in the office writing letters to opposing counsel.
Monserrate's Girlfriend Changes Story in Court
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Prosecutors called State Senator Hiram Monserrate's girlfriend to the stand today in his assault trial. Monserrate has pleaded not guilty to charges that he smashed Karla Giraldo in the face with a water glass during an argument. Giraldo now says it was an accident. WNYC's Ailsa Chang says Giraldo, under questioning from Assistant District Attorney Scott Kessler, insists the whole thing was an accident, and claims she's being harassed by detectives.
Exchanges between Giraldo and Kessler have been really tense this morning at one point she seemed to change her testimony from the grand jury testimony she gave before. At that point she'd said she only had two glasses of wine at a party she attended the night of the incident, before the incident happened. And today she corrects herself and says she actually started drinking at home earlier before the party even started.
Giraldo required 40 stitches after the December 19 incident. If convicted of second-degree assault, Monserrate will lose his Senate seat.