Fresh news from the trial of former WWD writer Peter Braunstein, who's up on charges of kidnapping and sexual assault. Yesterday, prosecutors argued that Braunstein's demeanor at the time of the attack indicated that he knew exactly what he was doing: Five days prior to the incident he rented a storage facility in which to keep his "souvenirs" of the assault, and hours after he left the victim's apartment he showed up at a part-time job to collect some money he was owed. Jose Ramirez, a rental agent at the storage unit, noted that he was "friendly" and "talkative." In fact, he was something of a counselor:

Mr. Ramirez said he asked Mr. Braunstein about getting a book published. Mr. Braunstein told him that nonfiction sold better than fiction, and that The Village Voice (where Mr. Braunstein got his start) was a good place to nurture his writing career, Mr. Ramirez said.

Well, not bad advice actually! Of course this was before the Tony Ortega editorship era; we understand they're a lot less forgiving over at the Voice now.

At Trial of Suspect in Sexual Attack, Lawyers Debate Meaning of 'Normal' [NYT]