Updated 04/15/2011 10:27 PM
Accuser Cross Examined In Trial Of Two NYPD Officers
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The woman accusing two New York City police officers of raping her in her East Village apartment in December 2008 was back on the stand Friday, answering questions about the emotional testimony she gave the day before
against police officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata.
The 29-year-old accuser was calm on Friday as defense attorneys tried to get her to admit that she really didn't remember anything from the early morning hours of December 7, 2008, when she says she was raped by two NYPD officers.
"There were six and a half hours of questioning, and 'I don't remember' was definitely one of the answers that came out a few times," said Moreno's attorney Joseph Tacopina after the testimony.
Prosecutors say that after the two officers from the 9th precinct helped the extremely drunken woman into her East Village apartment, Moreno raped her while Mata acted as a lookout. Surveillance video shows them returning and entering the building three more times.
"We are not saying our officers were not there," said Mata's attorney Ed Mandery. "It really has to do with the fact that they were there and she doesn't remember."
When the defense asked the woman why she emailed a friend saying she was okay and that the incident wasn't violent or aggressive, she responded, ""You tell people you are okay even though you are not, because you are trying to get through it."
Tacopina continued to quiz her about her actions and about a $57 million lawsuit she has against the NYPD. He sounded cautious and soft spoken.
"As long as I have the answers I need, I can do it with a smile and there is no need to be aggressive," Tacopina said afterward. "This is an emotional trial for her, the defendants, and for all of the people in the courtroom."
The judge, however, did raise his voice when Officer Moreno showed up late for court. The judge told him he'd be thrown in jail if it happened again.
"Officer Moreno takes his children to school and today when he left his house there were members of the media outside his house and members of the media at his children's school, which I think is inappropriate," Tacopina said. "It caused him to try to divert his route and wind up being 15 minutes late."
The accuser will be back on the stand on Monday. If convicted, the officers could face up to 25 years in prison.