Anand Jon’s mother hopeful of favourable verdict in New York trial

These words were once scribbled by designer Anand Jon Alexander to describe the world of fashion. Jon, as he was known in the world of couture, plummeted from being a celebrity designer in 1999 to being convicted for 59 years for serial rape, sexual battery and assault in 2008.While his appeal against his sentence in Los Angeles has been rejected twice, Jon faces a fresh trial on similar charges in New York, beginning this month.

Jon’s mother Sashi Abraham is hoping for a different outcome in the second trial. Jon’s family has alleged that the first trial was vitiated with racial undertones. “They called him sand nigger, curry smelling,” recalled Ms Abraham, who was in Chennai last week.Read more..