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Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

A Brooklyn judge swiftly convicted Mayer Herskovic of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and menacing in a 2013 attack in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye. Comments (3)
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In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

In its closing statement in the trial of a man charged in a brutal gang assault in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye, the defense argued that no witness had identified Mayer Herskovic as the assailant and that the DNA evidence implicating him was based on bad science. Comments (4)
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DNA Expert Challenges Mayer Herskovic’s Tie to Taj Patterson’s Assault

A defense expert testified that the DNA testing method used to link Mayer Herskovic to a brutal 2013 assault on a gay black man in Williamsburg was invalid and that his DNA may have ended up on the victim’s sneaker becau Comments (15)
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West 23rd Street Explosion Reports from Sister Papers Chelsea Now, The Villager

Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a press conference late Saturday night on West 23rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, joined by new Police Commissioner James O’Neill, to the right, and […] Comments (2)
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El-Amin Gets Nine Years for 2015 Dallas BBQ Assaults

Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin was sentenced to nine years in prison and three years post-release supervision for assaulting two men in the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea in 2015. Comments (6)
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Dharun Ravi Convictions Thrown Out in Tyler Clementi Case

Dharun Ravi, found guilty on 15 different criminal counts for his video surveillance and webcasting of intimate encounters that Tyler Clementi, his Rutgers University roommate, had with another man in their dorm room, had his convictions overturned by an intermediate appeals court. Comments (1)
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Defense DNA Expert Barred in Trial of Taj Patterson's Alleged Attacker

The defense in the trial of a man accused of participating in a 2013 gang assault on a black gay man in Williamsburg suffered a setback after the judge in the case refused to allow a witness to testify as a defense expert on DNA testing. Comment

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