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Graffiti on Statue of Liberty Torch Draws No Jail Time But $10 and 6 Months Probation

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 20 –   In a rare misdemeanor sentencing by U.S. District Court for the South District of New York Magistrate Judge Barbara C. Moses, of Justin Fiallos for vandalizing the Statue of Liberty, a proceeding was held on May 20. Inner City Press covered it.

     It is noted that the government (and taxpayers) did not bear the cost of repairing the Statue of Liberty.    

The Assistant US Attorney said, The vandalism was serious. The original torch was the centerpiece of the museum. The vandalism had the name and date, it was thought out.    

The AUSA did acknowledge that the vandalism did not include, "as in some other cases," hate speech - seeming a reference to this African Burial Ground case Inner City Press covered, here.  

The Federal Defender notes that her young client did not post video of his vandalism on social media. And, he got the Coronavirus. He's better now - but he cannot afford a fine, she said. He plans to resume school at Lincoln Tech in June. He refused a #COVID19 test, so he got fired.   The defendant himself apologized for "harming such a work of art." He said he wants to be an electrician. 

  Judge Moses said, Your handiwork covered 8 by 11 inches. It was a youthful mistake, perhaps a moment of stupidity. There is no need for a custodial sentence. So, six months of probation, and 100 hours of community service as directed by Probation Department. And $10 special assessment.

  The defendant asked if this $10 is a one time thing. It is. The case is US v. Fiallos, 19-cr-358 (Moses). 


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