Just the day prior to her death, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor revoked Jordan’s bail amid a legal battle over whether she could remain out of jail while fighting for a new trial, per NBC New York.
Jordan, a pharma millionaire, had previously confessed to giving her 8-year-old son, Jude Mirra, a lethal dose of medications and alcohol in a Manhattan hotel room over 12 years ago. The mother is said to have then herself taken a dose of multiple medications. A relative ended up alerting the authorities after receiving an email from Jordan.
During her trial, Jordan’s defense argued she had killed the boy out of fear of her ex-husbands and had herself attempted suicide. However, the prosecution said that as her son was dying she electronically pulled $125k from his trust fund, per Fox News.
She was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 18 years in prison in late 2014. However, a federal judge threw out her conviction in 2020 due to a procedural misstep.
She was released later that year and was placed on house arrest with a quarter million dollar bond as the next phase of the legal process played out. The day prior to her suicide, Jordan was ordered back to jail as she awaited a new trial.
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