Jurors say they put aside personal feelings to focus on the law

Corasanti Jurors Upset with Criticism

June 1, 2012 Updated Jun 1, 2012 at 6:59 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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June 1, 2012 Updated Jun 1, 2012 at 6:59 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) Two jurors have now come forward to talk about deliberations in the Dr. James Corasanti manslaughter case.

They asked to remain unidentified because they are fearful for their safety.

The doctor's acquittal on five felony charges led to a public outcry that has been voiced on talk radio and shared through the internet.

Both men tell Eyewitness News that it is important for the public to know that they agonized over the verdict.

"We are not saying he is innocent. We are saying he is statutorily not-guilty, and people have to really understand that."

The doctor was charged with Vehicular Manslaughter, but it required the jury to determine if Dr. Corasanti's intoxication caused the accident.

"Our determination was.... that wasn't what caused her death."

The jurors said they seriously considered the evidence that showed the teenage girl was riding her longboard at night, in a crouched position, without any reflective clothing.

They also believed testimony by a defense witness who showed that damage to her longboard proved Alix Rice had swerved in front of the doctor's car.

"Her actions were probably as much to do with it, and probably more, than his."

The jury only convicted Dr. Corasanti on a lesser charge: misdemeanor common-law Driving While Intoxicated.

Dr. Corasanti will be sentenced for his DWI conviction on August 16th.