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New Jersey Woman Accused of Killing Man With Penis Enlargement Injection Tried To Bribe Jurors: Judge

May 13, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
New Jersey Woman Accused of Killing Man With Penis Enlargement Injection Tried To Bribe Jurors: Judge

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A New Jersey woman accused of injecting a man’s penis full of silicone, which led to his death, now remains in custody after a judge ruled she was complicit in bribery attempt of potential jurors.

Kasia Rivera faces the additional charge of conspiracy to bribe potential jurors to influence the outcome of her trial. Rivera is on trial for conducting a 2011 fatal penis enlargement procedure.

On Tuesday, during jury selection three potential jurors told the court a man linked with Rivera approached them on Friday offering bribes of $5,000.

One juror revealed in court; they gave their phone number to the man and received three calls later in the evening from a woman he believed to be Rivera. The juror said during the last phone call; he told the woman that $5,000 was “a little cheap.”

After Superior Court Judge Ronald Wigler individually questioned 20 of the prospective jurors, he ruled that Rivera was complicit in the attempt to improperly influence the potential jury. The judge revoked Rivera’s bail and remanded her to the county jail.

“This attempt to corrupt our jury is an attack on our entire system of justice,” Wigler said. “This obviously is something that cannot and will not be tolerated.”

After sheriff’s officers had handcuffed Rivera, she protested the judge’s decision, saying through tears that she had nothing to do with the alleged jury tampering.

“You have to stop committing crimes,” Wigler told her.

Rivera immediately responded, “What crime, Judge? I’m innocent.”

Given the potential impact on all of the jurors, Wigler dismissed all of them from serving on the trial. It was not immediately clear when jury selection would resume in the case.

In an unrelated case, Rivera is accused of injecting silicone into another woman’s buttocks and breasts up to four times over the last two years. After being arrested in that matter in February, Rivera was released on bail the following month.

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Rivera, 38, is charged in connection with the May 2011 death of Justin Street, 22, of East Orange. After Rivera had injected silicone into his penis, Street died from a silicone embolism the following day

 

The trial was expected to cover the charges of reckless manslaughter and the unauthorized practice of medicine against Rivera, 38, in connection with the May 2011 death of Justin Street, 22, of East Orange. After Rivera had injected silicone into his penis, Street died from a silicone embolism the following day, authorities said.

Jury selection in the trial began on May 5.

After learning about the alleged jury tampering, Wigler on Tuesday questioned each of the prospective jurors in one-on-one sessions about whether they had been approached about the case. Three jurors said they were approached on Friday by Rivera’s associate.

Two of the jurors said the man followed them into the men’s restroom. One juror said the man offered him $5,000 to say Rivera was innocent, but he told him he wasn’t interested and left the restroom.

“I felt very uncomfortable,” the juror said.

The other juror who was approached in the restroom said he cut off the man after the man said Rivera was his aunt.

“When he said, ‘That’s my aunt,’ I knew where he was going at that point,” the juror said. “I said, ‘Listen, I just don’t want to hear anymore,’ and I walked out.”

But the third juror apparently showed interest in the bribe.

After the man had approached the juror in the hallway about the $5,000 bribe, the juror said he provided his phone number to the man. On Friday evening, the juror received a phone call from a woman whom he believed was Rivera, who identified herself as “K from downtown.”

The woman told him he would receive half of the money up-front and then the second half at the conclusion of the trial, according to the juror.

On Saturday, the juror said the woman called him again and wanted to meet up, but he wasn’t able to. When the woman called a third time on Sunday, the juror said he told her the $5,000 offer was “a little cheap.”

After the jurors had been dismissed on Tuesday, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly indicated prosecutors will conduct an ongoing investigation to determine if charges are warranted against Rivera and her alleged accomplice.

“This was an attack on the jury process here,” Fennelly said.

But Rivera’s attorney, Olubukola Adetula, argued the alleged accomplice was acting on his own and said the woman who called the third juror was not Rivera.

“My client denies any involvement in this,” Adetula said.

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