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Brooklyn, NY - Jury Selection Begins For Trial Of Last Defendant In Williamsburg Beating

Published on: August 23, 2016 09:00 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - A trial for the fifth and final defendant in December 2013 beating of a black man in Williamsburg     began today in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

Mayer Herskovic could potentially face up to 25 years in prison if found guilty in the beating of Taj Paterson.  As previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/KTCTUi), Taj Paterson, an aspiring fashion designer was beaten by a group of men in Williamsburg as he walked on Flushing Avenue, blinding him permanently in one eye.

Charges against Aharon Hollender and Joseph Fried were eventually dropped and two other men, Pinchas Braver and Abraham Winkler, accepted a plea deal that required them to serve three years probation, pay $1,400 in restitution and perform 150 hours of community service in a “culturally diverse neighborhood.”  Herskovic declined to accept the plea deal, preferring to face a trial by jury.

The New York Post reported that jury selection began today but proceedings were postponed until Thursday. Opening statements in the trail are slated to be heard by Judge Danny Chun on Monday. 

None of the other men linked to the attack are expected to testify in Herskovic’s trial.


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 Aug 23, 2016 at 10:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Rubashkin wouldn't accept a deal either and neither would Weberman. This poor blind gay man deserves at least enough gelt to fix his blind eye with a prosthetic eye.

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 Aug 24, 2016 at 12:17 AM jayclass Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Rubashkin wouldn't accept a deal either and neither would Weberman. This poor blind gay man deserves at least enough gelt to fix his blind eye with a prosthetic eye.

Who are you to judge? Where you there? Do you know the story?

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 Aug 24, 2016 at 06:38 AM Shlomo-1 Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Rubashkin wouldn't accept a deal either and neither would Weberman. This poor blind gay man deserves at least enough gelt to fix his blind eye with a prosthetic eye.

He's not totally blind, "just" one eye.
What does he deserve?
Imagine if the tables were turned and a bunch of black guys did this to a Jew.
Would some gelt make you feel that justice were done?
Or would you demand significant jail time?

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 Aug 24, 2016 at 08:17 AM AHIVIM Says:

No Jew goes around drunk and breaking windows so that's why no Jew gets shot by the police for some reason it's always the black ppl breaking windows and being shot !!!

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