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Felon Charged With Slashing Autistic Teen For Throwing Snow Ball Is Detained in SDNY

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 18 – A man on Supervised Release who was arrested in February charged with slashing a 17 year old autistic teenager for having thrown a snowball that hit him was presented on March 18 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Gary Stein.

 Inner City Press was there, the only civilian in the SDNY Magistrates courtroom. Thread:

OK - now at bail argument on defendant brought to SDNY after a week "unfortunately" on Rikers Island, prosecutor says.

Judge: The petition alleges violations stemming from an incident on Feb 19, 2024 in Bronx County. You are charged with assault with a weapon, harassment, and endangering the welcome of an incompetent person - you alleged slashed a person in the left cheek

AUSA: Back in February the 17 year old victim was having a snow ball fight with a 6 year old on a residential street. An errant snow ball hit the defendant. He approached - the 6 year old ran, the 17 year old, autistic, denied - and got slashed with a sharp object

AUSA: There is video surveillance footage of the slashing from a distance, then the defendant's face in a bodega nearby. Using footage from different cameras they tracked his path from the bodega through the slashing to to his apartment. Facial recognition used 

AUSA: In a post-arrest statement he acknowledged it was him in the bodega - but denied the slashing. But the person in the bodega was the 1 who went to the slashing Probation: He didn't attend anger management, beyond intake.

 AUSA: We agree with Probation: detain  Federal Defender: There is no video proof my client committed the slashing. He could be put in a halfway house - the MDC, as stated in the recent Chavez decision, should only be used if entirely necessary. 

AUSA: The victim's foster mother declines the 6 pack ID  Federal Defender: I haven't reached my client's state lawyer. But the AUSA hasn't even seen the video. AUSA: He missed anger management on Feb 20 and 29 Judge: Wasn't he detained on the 29th? AUSA: Yes, sorry. We think he'd be a danger to others in a halfway house

 Judge: Would the government view a halfway house to be a form of detention?

AUSA: Not necessarily.  Federal Defender: Another client of mine burned down a whole bodega in The Bronx and got six months in the halfway house, before another judge here  

Federal Defender: So he could go into a halfway house. He could prepare there for a hearing. He's a family man.

Defendant: Seven kids in the house.

Judge: Defendant has not met his burden. Who ever committed this act is easily set off. Judge: I cite a recent decision by Judge Sullivan sitting by designation [which Inner City Press also covered.] So, I order detention.

 The case is US v. Cordero, 23-cr-56 (Abrams / Stein)


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