Jurors begin deliberations in case of judge-stalking
Jurors in the burglary and stalking case involving a D.C. Superior Court Magistrate judge and her former girlfriend will begin their deliberations Monday afternoon after attorneys in the sensational case finished their closing arguments in the morning.
Jurors will decide whether Taylar Nuevelle, 40, is guilty of stalking, breaking into and burglarizing the Northwest D.C. home of Magistrate Judge Janet Albert, just days after the two women ended their year-long relationship in September 2008.
Police said Nuevelle was found in Albert's attic, unconscious from wine and prescription drugs, sleeping on a yoga mat with an ice bucket next to hear. Nuevelle used the bucket as a makeshift toilet, police said. Police estimated Nuevelle had been in the attic for about 24 hours.
The week-long trial has become one of the more popular cases for trial watchers who have ducked into Judge Russell Canan's courtroom to watch testimony from the two women.
If convicted, Nuevelle faces up to 15 years in prison.
Nuevelle's attorney Dorsey Jones said Albert and Nuevelle had lived together and Nuevelle was simply trying to reclaim her belongings after the breakup. Dorsey said Nuevelle was depressed and tried to kill herself by taking the drugs in the attic.
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Brenowitz said Nuevelle launched a "campaign of stalking" in an effort to "punish" Albert for breaking up with her.
Washington Post editors
February 1, 2010; 2:18 PM ET
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