Love can make us do crazy things, right? Danielle Chiesi would probably wholeheartedly agree, because according to her legal team, love was to blame when she partook in illegal insider trading on Wall Street. They think she deserves less time in the slammer, because she did it all for love—twisted love, anyway.
"The punishment due for the conduct at issue here should be mitigated once it is recognized as the manifestation of the psychological and emotional forces impacting on Danielle Chiesi, rather than the result of greed and venality," her attorney, Alan R. Kaufman, said in a court filing.
According to the New York Times, the documentation Cheisi's lawyer handed in "read more like a Harlequin romance novel than it did a legal brief." Basically, the attorney is placing the bulk of the burden on a 20-year love affair Chiesi had with her boss, Mark Kurland (who is currently serving a 27-month sentence for similar crimes). He said the former beauty queen was caught in his psychologically abusive grasp, so she deserves less time behind bars. Will A Romance Novel Publisher Successfully Patent The Kiss?
"The dozens of recorded conversations between Ms. Chiesi and Mr. Kurland are replete with examples of Kurland encouraging her to get information, of Kurland belittling her ability to analyze financial data, of Kurland being the New Castle decision maker regarding investment decisions." Kaufman stated that her "emotional and financial well-being were inextricably linked with Kurland."
An abusive relationship is tough to disentangle from, but here's where the legal team will have their work cut out for them—if they want to claim love as a viable reason for a lesser statement: A Federal court called Chiesi a "consummate Wall Street insider" and said her discretions were "broad and far-reaching." Oh, and she supposedly engaged in multiple affairs to get ahead in her career, including one with a man serving some slammer-time for leaking information to Chiesi... so this Kurland-thing doesn't really seem like a one-time, emotionally-taxing deal. 4 Ways to Know It's Safe to Trust Again After the Affair
What do you think? Should love ever be cited in court as a reason for committing a crime?
Photo: New York Daily News