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Ex-Goldman Banker Bets on Judge Over Jury in Hamptons Rape Trial

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A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. managing director accused of raping a woman at his beach house on New York’s Long Island is betting a judge will be more sympathetic than a jury.

Declining a jury of one’s peers is an uncommon strategy, often reserved for defendants who feel unbiased jurors can’t be had. For Jason Lee, whose trial began Wednesday not far from the Hamptons enclave where he rented his home, the choice may turn out to be smart one, defense lawyers said.