The Trial of Bernhard Goetz: Testimony of Barry Allen
Direct Examination by Gregory Waples:
W: Mr. Allen, do you know a person by the name of Troy Canty?
On advice of counsel
my constitutional rights against self-incrimination
under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution
and decline to answer that question.
Slotnick: I would object to that and ask Your Honor to direct him to respond to the question.
Justice Crane: ....How could the acquaintanceship between Troy Canty and this witness possibly incriminate him?
Allen's attorney: I believe it can, Your Honor, based on information I have as Mr. Allen's attorney.
Justice Crane: Would you offer immunity on that question, Mr. Waples?
W: No, Judge.
Slotnick: We would move the Court that this man be given immunity so he could testify before the jury.
Justice Crane: [After denying the defense motion.] Ask your next question.
W: Mr. Allen, do you know a person by the name of James Ramseur?....
Allen: On advice of counsel I reserve my constitutional rights against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution and decline to answer that question....
Cross-examination by Barry Slotnick:
S: Mr. Allen, my name is Barry Slotnick and I represent Bernhard Goetz. How are you this morning?
Allen: Feeling fine.
Justice Crane: You got one in there, Mr. Slotnick.
S: [Where] are yous currently living?
Allen: Rikers Island.
S: And is that a prison?
S: And are you in prison for a crime that you committed after December 22, 1984?....
[For twenty more minutes, Slotnick asked questions which Allen refused to answer.]