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Baltimore, MD - Judge Denies Motion To Drop Charges Against Werdesheims

Published on: May 1, 2012 10:40 PM
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Maryland - A Baltimore judge has denied a motion to drop charges against two brothers accused of beating a black teenager while patrolling for a Jewish neighborhood watch.

Eliyahu Werdesheim and his wife walk out of the circuit courthouse on Tuesday.

The request came after the state rested its case Tuesday in the bench trial for Eliyahu and Avi Werdesheim, who are charged in the 2010 beating of a 15-year-old boy in Baltimore.

Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Wiggins told the judge one brother grabbed the teen and the other hit him on the head with a radio.

Judge Pamela White noted “contradictions and inconsistencies” in testimony, but said she wouldn’t review witnesses’ credibility at this point.

The defense will begin presenting its case Wednesday.


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 May 01, 2012 at 11:05 PM bitachon Says:

IYH the judge is allowing both sides to present their case so everyone can see they are innocent, an innocent verdict is better than a mistrial even though the defendents and defence attorneys would like this cleared up asap. The alleged victim has already refused to testify and requested the charges be dropped . But with the hype nowadays of Trayvon Martin case , the judge must see the case all the way even if at the end the judge may decale it a mistrial.

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 May 01, 2012 at 11:16 PM Mordy Says:

he's married??

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 May 02, 2012 at 02:08 AM ShmuelG Says:

Reply to #1  
bitachon Says:

IYH the judge is allowing both sides to present their case so everyone can see they are innocent, an innocent verdict is better than a mistrial even though the defendents and defence attorneys would like this cleared up asap. The alleged victim has already refused to testify and requested the charges be dropped . But with the hype nowadays of Trayvon Martin case , the judge must see the case all the way even if at the end the judge may decale it a mistrial.

"an innocent verdict is better than a mistrial"

They asked the judge to drop the charges, not to declare mistrial. Dropped charges is exoneration.

The judge has all the reasons in the world to drop charges, considering how the prosecution's case fell apart. But she is afraid to do it because the blacks will become violent and her chances for reelection will evaporate. I fear she is intent on convicting the brave men of at least something,

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 May 02, 2012 at 02:10 AM Avreich1 Says:

"Eliyahu Werdesheim and his wife walk out of the circuit courthouse on Tuesday"

What cause would they have to do so? Did they go for lunch? Was he released by the judge?

The sentence, isolated as it is from the rest of the report, does not make sense.

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 May 02, 2012 at 08:17 AM concerned_Jew Says:

I hope this works out and doesn't damage black - jewish relations. for the most part, the blacks and the jews get along have a lot in comment and have the same enemies. so as the saying goes the enemy of my enemies is my friend. So I'm all in favor of getting along with black people, white people, all people as best we can. And if there are problem we need to work them out peacefully and civily.

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 May 02, 2012 at 08:39 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
concerned_Jew Says:

I hope this works out and doesn't damage black - jewish relations. for the most part, the blacks and the jews get along have a lot in comment and have the same enemies. so as the saying goes the enemy of my enemies is my friend. So I'm all in favor of getting along with black people, white people, all people as best we can. And if there are problem we need to work them out peacefully and civily.

So, since they "have a lot in comment" (sic) it should all be ok? Since when does talking a lot beneficial???

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 May 02, 2012 at 09:58 AM Ken Zayn Says:

Reply to #4  
Avreich1 Says:

"Eliyahu Werdesheim and his wife walk out of the circuit courthouse on Tuesday"

What cause would they have to do so? Did they go for lunch? Was he released by the judge?

The sentence, isolated as it is from the rest of the report, does not make sense.

It was probably the caption of a photograph.

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 May 02, 2012 at 10:01 AM No-Name Says:

For all the brilliant people commentators who love to point out other peoples mistakes let me help clarify. The sentence about him and his wife leaving is obviously not part of the article but a caption of a picture which shows them leaving. The comment about have "much in coment" obviously meant in common.

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 May 02, 2012 at 10:50 AM Truth Says:

Reply to #5  
concerned_Jew Says:

I hope this works out and doesn't damage black - jewish relations. for the most part, the blacks and the jews get along have a lot in comment and have the same enemies. so as the saying goes the enemy of my enemies is my friend. So I'm all in favor of getting along with black people, white people, all people as best we can. And if there are problem we need to work them out peacefully and civily.

Really? Maybe in surburbia where you live because of white racism, but in the city where most Frum Jews live - crime is the Biggy that plauges the Jewish community!
How about caring for other Jews besides for yourself?

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 May 02, 2012 at 11:14 AM bennym Says:

Anyone following this case can see that this judge has made up her mind about the guilt of these boys. Or, she is making it appear that way to show that she is not sticking up for the "white guys". It's not a matter if they will be guilty but how severe the sentence will be. Maybe probation etc.

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 May 02, 2012 at 07:41 PM mogenavrochom Says:

The judge should have dropped the case.
QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED:
Why was a 15 year old black walking around in the frum community at 12:45 AM on a school night?
Does the teen have a history of arrest or trouble with the law?
By refusing to testify the black teen is showing he is at fault and is afraid of questioning by the defense attorney.
The teen was looking into windows of homes and trying the door of an SUV.Werdesheim testified that the teen rushed at him, raising the board, and he noticed the nails sticking out. He couldn’t run or get back in his car, so he deflected the board with his left arm and hit the teen in the head with his right hand, which still held his radio.

THIS SELF DEFENSE IN ANY JURISDICTION AND ALL CHARGES SHOULD BE DROPPED......

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