A New Hyde Park woman and her son were indicted on charges they conspired to tamper with jurors while the son stood trial last year in Queens Supreme Court in the attempted murder of two Nassau County police officers.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Wednesday it is because of the new accusations that the case resulted in a mistrial.
Brown said Hina Rizvi, 46, told her son Muhammad Ali, 23, of Jamaica, Queens, she spoke to jurors once or twice on his behalf during the trial.
Rizvi was arraigned Wednesday before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron. Her attorney, Mahmoud Rabah, said she is innocent.
“She absolutely denies the allegations here,” he said. “My intention is to fight this case. It is really tragic that a grieving mother, who has been trying to support her son through a very difficult and trying time, now finds herself on the other side of the law, facing charges of her own.”
Rizvi was ordered held on $5,000 bail and to return to court May 18.
Her son will be arraigned at a later date.
Each faces four counts of first-degree tampering with a juror, two counts of second-degree criminal contempt and one count of sixth-degree conspiracy.
If convicted, they each face up to a year in jail.
Rizvi communicated with several jurors “with the intent of influencing the outcome of her son’s trial,” according to Brown’s office.
Ali was suspected of robbing a Hicksville home Jan. 3, 2014. When four plainclothes Nassau officers went to Ali’s Queens residence on Jan. 5, 2014, to arrest him, authorities said he tried to run down two of them with his car as he tried to flee.
“It is additionally alleged that during the trial, Rizvi and Ali engaged in disorderly, contemptuous or insolent behavior . . . in an attempt to interrupt the proceedings,” Brown’s office said.