MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a former doctor has pleaded guilty today to burglary and jury tampering charges for disguising himself in court and taping false jury instructions to the doors and tables of jury rooms while he was on trial in March 2016.
Marshall Hubsher, 67, pleaded guilty in front of Acting Supreme Court Justice Patricia Harrington to Burglary in the 3rd Degree (a D felony) and two counts of Attempted Tampering with a Juror in the 1st Degree (a B misdemeanor). The defendant is due back in court August 3 and faces one to three years in prison when sentenced.
“This defendant disguised himself and fabricated documents in an effort to manipulate jury deliberations on his case,” DA Singas said. “Preserving the sanctity and independence of juries is essential to the fair administration of justice, and any effort to tamper with a Nassau jury will be met with serious consequences.”
DA Singas said that on March 21, 2016, while the defendant was on trial, he entered private jury rooms and placed signs there with falsified jury instructions in an attempt to tamper with a sitting jury deliberating on his trial. The note directed at the jury purported to be ‘jury instructions’ concerning reasonable doubt.
A review of surveillance footage for the morning showed that the defendant first came into the courthouse wearing a leather jacket and baseball hat and holding newspapers. He then left the courthouse – with the newspapers – and returned a short time later dressed in a suit and using a walker.
Assistant District Attorney Melissa Scannell of DA Singas’ Rackets and Enterprise Crime Bureau is prosecuting the case. The defendant is represented by the Legal Aid Society.