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Healing Hearts, Helping Hands

Healing Hearts, Helping Hands

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The American Red Cross in Greater New York, at its annual Heroes Among Us gala last week, honored three employees of Orlando’s LGBT Pulse Nightclub who “demonstrated extraordinary courage and selflessness” in helping patrons escape harm as a gunman killed 49 and wounded more than 50 others in an early morning rampage […]

Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

Mayer Herskovic Found Guilty in Brutal 2013 Taj Patterson Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | 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. “Today’s verdict is a testament to our determination to fully prosecute this case based on the evidence, which clearly connected this […]

In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

In Closing Argument, Herskovic’s Attorney Claims Drunk Victim, Bad Science

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | 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 […]

DNA Expert Challenges Mayer Herskovic’s Tie to Taj Patterson’s Assault

DNA Expert Challenges Mayer Herskovic’s Tie to Taj Patterson’s Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | 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 because a third person first touched Herskovic and then touched the […]

West 23rd Street Explosion Reports from Sister Papers Chelsea Now, The Villager

West 23rd Street Explosion Reports from Sister Papers Chelsea Now, The Villager

FROM THE STAFFS OF CHELSEA NOW, THE VILLAGER | Chelsea Now and The Villager, sister publications to Gay City News, report on the Saturday evening explosion on West 23rd Street and its aftermath: After ‘Craven’ Bombing, Anger and Resolve in Chelsea 29 injured in massive Chelsea blast; An ‘intentional act,’ de Blasio says A Block […]

El-Amin Gets Nine Years for 2015 Dallas BBQ Assaults

El-Amin Gets Nine Years for 2015 Dallas BBQ Assaults

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | 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. “The jury rejected your claim of self-defense,” said Arlene Goldberg, the judge who heard the case in Manhattan Supreme Court, on September 15. “That you did […]

Dharun Ravi Convictions Thrown Out in Tyler Clementi Case

Dharun Ravi Convictions Thrown Out in Tyler Clementi Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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. On September 9, the New Jersey Appellate Division found […]

Defense DNA Expert Barred in Trial of Taj Patterson’s Alleged Attacker

Defense DNA Expert Barred in Trial of Taj Patterson’s Alleged Attacker

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | 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. “I’m not impressed by his CV,” […]

Taj Patterson Ties Mayer Herskovic to His Beating

Taj Patterson Ties Mayer Herskovic to His Beating

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The black gay man who was brutally beaten by a mob in 2013 in Williamsburg linked Mayer Herskovic, whose DNA was found on the victim’s sneaker, to the crime by testifying that the man who punched and kicked him in the face and gouged his eye later pulled off his sneaker and […]

Cop Admits Weak NYPD Effort in Black Gay Man’s Assault

Cop Admits Weak NYPD Effort in Black Gay Man’s Assault

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Giving credence to allegations that police initially made little effort to investigate a brutal attack on a black gay man in Williamsburg, the detective in the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force who took over the case six days after the assault said he received a single report from the local precinct when […]